[Vision2020] 12 States Struggling With Mental Illness
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Mon Apr 25 13:57:44 PDT 2016
12 States Struggling With Mental Illness
Close to 10 million Americans suffer from chronic depression, bipolar
disorder, or another serious mental illness. Depression alone is the
leading cause of disability worldwide. In the United States, mental
illness — including depression — takes an enormous toll on health
outcomes, quality of life, and economic productivity.
Despite its importance, mental illness is often poorly understood and
subject to misperceptions by the general population, government
officials, and even those who suffer from mental illness. Partially as a
consequence, just under one-third of individuals with serious mental
illness — defined as diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional
disorders that result in functional impairment — are untreated in the
United States. In 2014, an estimated 44.7% of the 43.6 million adults
with any mental illness, and 68.5% of the 9.8 million adults with
serious mental illness received mental health services in the past year.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 12 states where the highest shares of the
adult population suffers from serious mental illness.
More of the article at the link: *http://tinyurl.com/js4np5l *
> Pct. of adults with serious mental illness:* 4.9%
*> Total adults with serious mental illness:* 59,000 (12th lowest)
*> Pct. of adults abusing alcohol or illicit drugs:* 9.1% (23rd highest)
*> Poverty rate:* 15.6% (20th highest)
In Idaho, 20.3% of adults have some sort of mental disorder, including
serious mental illnesses as well as less severe mental disorders, one of
the largest shares in the country and considerably more than the 17.8%
share of American adults suffering from a mental illness. Of the state’s
mentally ill residents, roughly 59,000 suffer from a serious mental
illness — schizophrenia, severe depression, and other disorder that can
cause severe functional impairment.
Perhaps because mental illness is more common in Idaho than in much of
the rest of the country, the state is investing more in treatment
programs. While many states are reducing funding for mental health
services, Idaho’s Mental Health Services department’s budget has
increased in each of the last three years, one of only 12 states to do so.
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