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Ranking America's Mental Health: An Analysis of Depression Across the States

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Details: Depression is a devastating illness that affects more than 19 million Americans. Despite its prevalence, depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Ranking America's Mental Health is a first-of-its-kind study examining the statistical relationship between a variety of access-to-care measures and mental health outcomes for depression. Mental Health America will unveil the findings of this study and present a ranking of depression across the states.

Mental Health America created two different rankings of the states: one showing the state rankings of depression and one showing the state rank in terms suicide rates. The depression rankings were based on the percent of adolescents and adults with depression, the percent of adults with serious psychological distress and reported mental health days. The data come from nationally representative surveys conducted by the United States government.

State Rankings and more information about the study is available at

The state rankings of depression status were correlated with statistically significant access-to-care measures. The study found the following 5 factors to be associated with better depression status and lower suicide rates:

Mental health resources: The more mental health professionals per capita in a state, the lower the suicide rate.

Barriers to treatment: The fewer people reporting that they could not afford healthcare, the lower the suicide rate and the better the state's depression status. In addition, the fewer people reporting unmet mental health care needs, the better the state's depression status.

Mental health treatment utilization: The more people receiving mental health treatment, the lower the suicide rate.

Socioeconomic issues: 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.

Mental health policies: The more generous a state's mental health parity coverage (meaning the state provide health insurance coverage for mental health and substance abuse problems similar to general health coverage), the more people receive mental health services.

About the reports: The research looks at data from 2002-2006 and was conducted from July to November 2007. The report compares depression levels and suicide rates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and uses the information to highlight solutions to improve states' mental health status. "Ranking America's Mental Health: An Analysis of Depression Across the States" was supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

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-- Dr. David L. Shern, Ph.D., President and CEO, Mental Health America,

will present the key findings of the study, with additional remarks

from Dr. Reef Karim, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and Dr. William

Halal, Ph.D., mental health consumer advocate.

-- Graphics - including US Map of Most Depressed States and Most Mentally

Healthy States.

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Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country's leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation.

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