According to https://worldpopulationreview.com/
Kentucky is ranked #7 in the country for rates of mental health issues.
An estimated 1 in every 5 adults experiences mental health problems each year. Every person has some risk of developing a mental health disorder, regardless of their demographics. Some common risk factors, however, include social and economic pressures (socioeconomic conditions, occupation, education, etc.) and biological factors, such as a family history of mental disorders.
The most common mental disorder in the United States is anxiety, which affects about 40 million adults or about 18.1% of the population. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable; however, less than 40% of those suffering (36.9%) receive treatment. Anxiety disorders include general anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorders, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mood disorders are another common mental disorder. Mood disorders include major depression, bipolar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder. It is common for those struggling with one mental disorder to have multiple. For example, a large proportion of people suffering from anxiety also suffer from depression. Luckily, there are various methods for treatment available for those suffering from mental health problems. Treatment plans are highly individualized for each person and can typically involve a combination of treatment types. Treatment types include psychotherapy (talking therapy), medication, and self-help.
Mental Health America publishes its state of Mental Health Report every year. The report’s goal is to provide a snapshot of mental health status among youth and adults, track changes in the prevalence of mental health issues, and access to mental health care, understand how changes in the data reflect the impact of policies and legislation, and to increase dialogue and improve outcomes for those with mental health issues. Key findings of the 2020 report include: Youth mental health is declining. Adult prevalence of mental health is relatively stagnant, but suicidal ideation is increasing. Prevalence of substance use disorder decreased in both youth and adults. More Americans have health insurance but their coverage is not adequate. There is still an unmet need for mental health treatment among youth and adults. Youth are not being identified as having an Emotional Disturbance, which can prevent them from accessing necessary accommodations. In the report, states were ranked based on 15 measures: adults with any mental illness; adults with a substance use disorder; adults with serious thoughts of suicide; youth at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year; youth with substance use disorder in the past year; youth severe MDE; adults with any mental illness who did not receive treatment; adults any mental illness reporting an unmet need; adults with AMY who are uninsured; adults with cognitive disability who could not see a doctor due to costs; youth with MDE who did not receive mental health services; youth with severe MDE who received some consistent treatment; children with private insurance that did not cover mental or emotional problems; students identified with emotional disturbance for an individualized education program; and mental health workforce availability.
Here are the 10 states with the highest rates of serious mental illness:
#1 Virginia (5.53%)
#2 Texas (5.28%)
#3 Alaska (5.20%)
#4 Tennessee (5.17%)
#5 Oregon (4.98%)
#6 Iowa (4.96%)
#7 Kentucky (4.96%)
#8 Minnesota (4.87%)
#9 New Mexico (4.85%)
#10 Ohio (4.82%)
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