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Wisconsin ranks #1 overall in State of Mental Health in America Report 2023

October 15th, 2022

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Wisconsin ranks #1 overall in State of Mental Health in America Report 2023

Mental Health America has released their State of Mental Health in America for 2023 and Wisconsin ranked #1 overall for lower prevalence of mental illness and higher rates of access to care according to 15 measures. Based on 15 mental health access and prevalence measures, MHA National ranks all 50 states and Washington D.C. every year. 

A few overall key findings of the report include:

  • In 2019-2020, 20.78% of adults were experiencing a mental illness. That is equivalent to over 50 million Americans.
  • The vast majority of individuals with a substance use disorder in the U.S. are not receiving treatment. 15.35% of adults had a substance use disorder in the past year. Of them, 93.5% did not receive any form of treatment.
  • Millions of adults in the U.S. experience serious thoughts of suicide, with the highest rate among multiracial individuals. The percentage of adults reporting serious thoughts of suicide is 4.84%, totaling over 12.1 million individuals. 11% of adults who identified with two or more races reported serious thoughts of suicide in 2020 – 6% higher than the average among all adults.
  • Over 1 in 10 youth in the U.S. are experiencing depression that is severely impairing their ability to function at school or work, at home, with family, or in their social life. 16.39% of youth (age 12-17) report suffering from at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year. 11.5% of youth (over 2.7 million youth) are experiencing severe major depression. READ MORE HERE...

Wisconsin ranked #1 amongst all 50 states and D.C. using the following statistics:

  • Adults with Any Mental Illness (AMI)
  • Adults with Substance Use Disorder in the Past Year
  • Adults with Serious Thoughts of Suicide
  • Youth with at Least one Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the Past Year
  • Youth with Substance Use Disorder in the Past Year
  • Youth with Severe MDE
  • Adults with AMI Who Did Not Receive Treatment
  • Adults with AMI Reporting Unmet Need
  • Adults with AMI who are Uninsured
  • Adults Reporting 14+ Mentally Unhealthy Days a Month Who Could Not See a Doctor Due to Costs
  • Youth with MDE Who Did Not Receive Mental Health Services
  • Youth with Severe MDE Who Received Some Consistent Treatment
  • Youth with Private Insurance That Did Not Cover Mental or Emotional Problems
  • Students (Grades K+) Identified with Emotional Disturbance for an Individualized Education Program
  • Mental Health Workforce Availability

Visit for more details or download the full report below.

Mental Health America State of Mental Health in America Report 2023

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