Study: Florida ranks 43rd in access to mental health care

Posted at 1:23 PM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 13:24:07-04

Helping people who are mentally ill has become a main focus after mass shootings in the United States.

More than 43.5 million American adults have a mental health condition right now.  That's 20 percent of the adult population, or one in five people.  

A study says that more than half of them, 56 percent, don't receive treatment. That's the conclusion of the non-profit, "Mental Health America," which just released its annual assessment.

The report also finds the number of young people who are depressed is going up.  That figure is now 11.1 percent.  However, 80 percent either get no treatment or insufficient treatment.

"Mental Health America" ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia on treatment options.

Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont offer the best access to mental health care.

Residents of Alabama, Mississippi and Nevada have the least access.

Florida residents are among the worst 10 states when it comes to convenient access to care, ranking 43 out of 51. 
Click here to read the full report and state-by-state rankings.