Turns out where you live might have just as much to do with your health as any other factor. A new report released by Mental Health America suggests a link between a state’s mental health status and the level of treatment access available to its residents.
Some key findings of the study include:The greater the number of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers per capita in a state, the lower the suicide rate.The lower the percentage of the population reporting that they could not obtain healthcare because of costs, the lower the suicide rate and the better the state’s depression status.The lower the percentage of the population that reported unmet mental healthcare needs, the better the state’s depression status.The higher the percentage of the population receiving mental health treatment, the lower the suicide rate.The more educated the population and the greater the percentage with health insurance, the lower the suicide rate. The more educated the population, the better the state’s depression status.The more generous a state’s mental health parity coverage, the greater the number of people in the population that receive mental health services.
According to study’s results, Utah is the “most depressed” state, followed by West Virginia, Kentucky, Rhode Island and Nevada. South Dakota ranked number one as the “least depressed” state, and Hawaii, New Jersey, Iowa and Maryland rounded out that top-five countdown.
Where does your state rank?