HNN: Report ranks Hawaii at bottom of states for access to care among mentally ill adults
- Some 68 percent of Hawaii adults with a mental illness didn’t get any mental health treatment, the report said.
- That compares to 56 percent nationally, and 42 percent in the top-ranked state: Maine.
- About 67.5 percent of Hawaii youth with major depression don’t get any mental health treatment, the report said.
- That puts Hawaii 47th worst in the nation for the measure.
- The bottom-ranked state: Texas, where 71 percent of youth with major depression don’t get treatment.
- Meanwhile, Hawaii also ranked among the bottom of states when it comes to the percentage of youth with severe depression who get consistent treatment. Hawaii’s rate: Just 19 percent.
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The State of Mental Health in America
Mental Health Facts, Stats, and Data
News Release from Mental Health America, November, 2018
Mental Health America is committed to promoting mental health as a critical part of overall wellness. We advocate for prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated services, care and treatment for those who need it, and recovery as the goal.
We believe that gathering and providing up-to-date data and information about disparities faced by individuals with mental health problems is a tool for change.
- Over 44 million American adults have a mental health condition. Since the release of the first State of Mental Health in America report (2015), there has only been a slight decrease in the number of adults who have a mental health condition (from 18.19% to 18.07%)
- Rate of youth experiencing a mental health condition continues to rise. The rate of youth with Major Depressive Episode (MDE) increased from 11.93% to 12.63%. There was only a 1.5% decrease in the rate of youth with MDE who did receive treatment. Data showed that 62% of youth with MDE received no treatment.
- More Americans are insured and accessing care. We can continue to see the effects of healthcare reform on the rate of Adults who are uninsured. This year there was a 2.5% reduction in the number of Adults with a mental health condition who were uninsured.
- ...But many Americans experiencing a mental health condition still report having an unmet need. 1 in 5, or 9 million adults reported having an unmet need.
- Mental health workforce shortage remains. Many states saw some improvement in their individual to mental health provider ratio. But in states with the lowest workforce there was almost 4 times the number individuals to only 1 mental health provider.
Mental Health in America 2019