“Parity or Disparity” report released Dec. 3, 2014
Mental Health America released an important report on the “State of Mental Health in America.”
The new report ranks states’ mental health status and access to care. The results show that disparity often trumps parity. Our country is failing those in need of mental health services, according to a new report released by Mental Health America (MHA), the nation’s leading community-based mental health advocacy organization. MHA for the first time has provided overall rankings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on mental health status and access, and calls on the country to address mental health before Stage 4. The new report, Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015, provides a more complete picture of mental health status in America, and indicates the country has a long way to go to adequately address critical mental health care needs.
Please click here for the introductory page on the Mental Health America web site, where you will find a link to the report.
“This report paints a picture across the entire nation of both our mental health and how well we are caring for the people who need assistance,” said Paul Gionfriddo, president and CEO. “Sadly, disparity – more than parity – is the rule.”
The numbers are alarming: Over 42 million adults suffer from a mental health problem, with over eight million reporting suicidal thoughts. Over eight million adults suffer from a mental illness and are uninsured, and one out of every three adults with a disability report inability to see a doctor due to costs. Additionally, over six million children suffer from an Emotional, Behavioral, or Developmental (EBD) problem, and more than eight percent of youth have attempted suicide. Young females are twice as likely to attempt suicide as compared to teenage males, and one out of every three families report that their child’s insurance was inadequate.
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Email: Chuck Burklow, president
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