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Start here:  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a rich repository of information on mental health conditions, warning signs, treatment, research and public policy.  The links below will take you to pages on the national website, in a new browser window:

For another look at mental health facts, stats and data, see The State of Mental Health in America 2017.  Here are some key findings of this report:

  • 1 in 5 Adults have a mental health condition. That’s over 40 million Americans; more than the populations of New York and Florida combined.
  • Youth mental health is worsening. Rates of youth depression increased from 8.5% in 2011 to 11.1% in 2014. Even with severe depression, 80% of youth are left with no or insufficient treatment
  • More Americans have access to services… Access to insurance and treatment increased, as healthcare reform has reduced the rates of uninsured adults. 19% of adults remain uninsured in states that did not expand Medicaid. 13% of adults remain uninsured in states that did expand Medicaid.
  • …But most Americans still lack access to care. 56% of American adults with a mental illness did not receive treatment. Even in Vermont, the state with the best access, 43% of adults with a mental illness did not receive treatment.
  • There is a serious mental health workforce shortage. In states with the lowest workforce, there’s only 1 mental health professional per 1,000 individuals. This includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses combined.
  • Less access to care means more incarceration. Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama had the least access to care and highest rates of imprisonment. There are over 57,000 people with mental health conditions in prison and jail in those states alone. That’s enough to fill Madison Square Garden three times.

Finally, for some beautiful art and cultural commentary, try the new Anxy magazine of personal narratives in mental health, filled with real perspectives, intimate stories, and astonishing art that explores our inner worlds.  Anxy will be released bi-annually, with each issue orbiting around a central theme, such as “boundaries” or “loneliness.”

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