Mental health has become a major concern in many states as states face a growing shortage of mental healthcare professionals.
But a new study finds that while many states have a problem with mental health, others have not.
The report, released Thursday by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), looked at the number of cases of mental illness, including substance use disorders, depression and anxiety, among people in all 50 states.
The researchers found that in 2015, just 4.3 percent of people with mental illness lived in states with the highest rate of cases, and just 1.9 percent lived in the lowest-ranked states.
States that had the highest number of mental illnesses in 2015 had a higher rate of people living in poverty than the lowest ranked states.
Those states also had a greater number of people diagnosed with major depression, compared to states with lower rates of the disorder.
In a statement, the National Center for Health Statistics said the study highlights the challenges facing mental health in our country.
“We know that mental health problems are a major health problem in America and the need for state-level and federal funding is critical,” NAMI President and CEO Carol Dweck said.
“Our nation is struggling to meet the needs of its most vulnerable citizens and this study shows that the nation needs to act.”NAMI, which is made up of the nation’s leading mental health experts, said it hopes the data will help improve our understanding of mental disorders and how to better provide the care they need.
The study was conducted by researchers at Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Virginia.
It found that the states with high rates of cases had higher rates of people who reported depression, anxiety, and/or substance use disorder.
But they also had higher numbers of people in the bottom quintile of income, poverty, and race.
“When people are in the top 5 percent of income and living in the poorest counties, the mental health impacts are even more devastating,” said lead author Sarah J. Sosnowski, a professor of health policy at Duke.
“That’s a fact.
That is a reality,” she said.
States with the most mental health challenges also had the lowest rates of state funding for mental health.
In states with higher rates, the federal government spent less on mental health care than states with low rates.
States are also more likely to have the most poverty, which means the poorest people in a state have higher rates.
The National Alliance for Mental Illnesses estimates that the cost of mental treatment could total up to $5.7 trillion per year.
The study found that states with more mental health disparities also had significantly higher costs for the same treatments.
The authors of the study noted that mental illness affects every single American, including those with complex mental illnesses.
“This is a national epidemic that is happening at an unprecedented scale and in a way that many people are still unaware of,” J. David Bailey, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, said in a statement.
“We need to take action to ensure that we’re providing quality mental health services and treatment for those who need it.”