Vermont has high rate for mental health conditions

-A A +A

Vermont has high rate for mental health conditions

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 4:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 90 percent of people who died by suicide showed symptoms of mental health conditions, yet 59 percent of US adults with a mental health condition received no mental health services in the past year, according to a new QuoteWizard.com report. States with a high rate of access to mental health care tend to have low prevalence of mental illness, Vermont was nearly opposite. The state has high incidence of mental health conditions (7) and also a high rate of access (2). Vermont also has a growing rate of suicide.

QuoteWizard, a LendingTree company, and one of the nation's leading online insurance marketplaces, released its report on how mental health care access across the country affects mental illness and suicide rates to bring awareness for National Suicide Prevention Week: Sun, Sep 8, 2019 – Sat, Sep 14, 2019, and September Suicide Prevention Month.

Key Findings:

  • States with a high rate of access to mental health care tend to have low prevalence of mental illness.
    • North Dakota ranked 1st-overall with 11th-lowest mental illness prevalence and 12th-best access to care.
    • Maryland ranked 2nd-overall with 12th-lowest mental illness prevalence and 14th-best access to care.
    • New Jersey ranked 3rd-overall with the number-1 lowest mental illness prevalence and 26th-best access to care.
  • Over 5.3 million (12.2% of) adults with a mental illness remain uninsured.
  • Over 24 million individuals experiencing a mental health illness are going untreated
  • Over 9.8 million adults seriously thought about suicide—an increase of 200,000 people from last year's data set.

Methodology

Using state ranking data from Mental Health America, we ranked each state 1 to 50 for prevalence of mental illness and access to mental health care. Overall, rankings were determined by a composite score of prevalence and access rankings. States that scored highest overall composite score were states that had a high rate of access and a low rate of prevalence.

Mental Health America state rankings for prevalence were based on factors such as thoughts of suicide, population with mental illness and substance abuse. State rankings for access were based on factors such as uninsured rates, health care costs and government programs.

To view the full report, visit: 
https://quotewizard.com/news/posts/best-states-for-mental-healthcare 

Table:

Column 1: Overall rankings were determined by a composite score of prevalence and access rankings.

Column 3: Prevalence rankings 1-50, 1 having the highest prevalence of mental illness and 50 having the lowest.

Column 4: Access rankings 1-50, 1 having the highest access to mental health care and 50 having the lowest.

Combined Composite State Rankings for Mental Illness and Access to Care

Composite
Rank

State

Prevalence (higher rank equals 
lower mental illness)

Access (lower rank equals 
more access to care)

1

North Dakota

39

12

2

Maryland

38

14

3

New Jersey

50

26

4

Pennsylvania

36

13

5

New York

40

17

6

Illinois

41

18

7

Hawaii

48

28

8

Maine

22

4

9

Connecticut

24

7

10

Michigan

32

15

11

Minnesota

19

3

12

Iowa

23

8

13

South Dakota

35

21

14

Delaware

33

20

15

Massachusetts

13

1

16

New Hampshire

16

6

17

Ohio

18

9

18

Georgia

49

43

19

Vermont

7

2

20

Wisconsin

12

11

21

Oklahoma

34

33

22

Rhode Island

5

5

23

North Carolina

37

37

24

Florida

42

42

25

Kansas

30

31

26

Alabama

46

47

27

Nebraska

25

27

28

California

28

30

29

Louisiana

43

45

30

Texas

47

49

31

South Carolina

44

48

32

Kentucky

20

25

33

Mississippi

45

50

34

Colorado

4

10

35

New Mexico

15

23

36

Missouri

27

35

37

Virginia

29

39

38

Washington

10

22

39

West Virginia

17

29

40

Tennessee

31

44

41

Oregon

1

16

42

Arizona

26

41

43

Alaska

2

19

44

Montana

6

24

45

Arkansas

21

40

46

Utah

14

34

47

Indiana

11

32

48

Wyoming

9

36

49

Idaho

3

38

50

Nevada

8

46

RELATED STORY: Study: Vermont suicide rate higher than average and growing

About QuoteWizard QuoteWizard (quotewizard.com) is an insurance comparison marketplace for consumers looking to save on insurance. QuoteWizard provides consumers with direct access to thousands of qualified agents in all 50 states, as well as major carriers, who offer personalized quotes and the opportunity to save up to 40% on auto, home, health, and life insurance. Agents and carriers, in turn, benefit from millions of highly qualified leads, calls, and traffic to their site. Based in Seattle, QuoteWizard was founded in 2006.

 

SOURCE SEATTLE, Sept. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- QuoteWizard /www.quotewizard.com