February 25, 2024

Forbes Press Release

Report: Florida ranks #5 among the worst states for mental health care

| 5/1/2023

Over 50 million Americans have a mental illness, but more than half (55%) of adults with a mental illness don’t receive treatment. 

In some states, accessing mental health care may be more challenging because of high costs, too few treatment centers and lack of health insurance coverage. So, which states are the worst for mental health care? 

To find out, Forbes Advisor compared all 50 states and Washington, D.C. across seven key metrics and found that Florida ranks #5 among the worst states for mental health care. 

5 Worst States for Mental Health Care:

  1. Texas: Texas has the highest percentage of adults with a cognitive disability who could not see a doctor due to cost (40.65%), and the highest percentage of youth who had a major depressive episode in the past year and did not receive treatment (73.1%).
  2. Mississippi: Mississippi ranked second worst in the nation for number of mental health treatment centers (36.33 per 10,000 businesses) and percentage of youth who had a major depressive episode in the past year and did not receive treatment (71.7%).
  3. Alabama: Alabama has the second highest percentage of adults with a mental illness who are uninsured (19.3%, tied with Missouri) and the third lowest number of mental health treatment centers nationwide (38.33 per 10,000 businesses).
  4. Georgia: Georgia has the second highest percentage of adults with a cognitive disability who could not see a doctor due to cost (39.18%), and tied with Florida for having the second highest percentage of adults with a mental illness who didn’t receive treatment (63.5%).
  5. Florida: Florida has the sixth highest percentage of adults with a mental illness who are uninsured (17.8%). 

View the full report, including the methodology. here.

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