Data Dive: The State of Mental Health in Mississippi

In March 2022, Mental Health America released its annual report on the state of mental health in the United States. Mississippi Today aggregated Magnolia State-specific data.

The last data dive is State of mind, a report of compiled statistics on the current state of mental health and health care in Mississippi. This analysis zooms in on several categories such as substance abuse disorders, major depression, lack of treatment related to health care coverage and more across the country and among adults and youth.

MHA uses a complex set of criteria to categorize and classify each condition. Their overall ranking specifically weighs the prevalence of mental health issues in a state along with an estimated rate of access to care to address those issues. States ranked 1 to 13 have a lower prevalence of mental illness and a higher rate of access to care, while states ranked 39 to 51 have a higher prevalence of mental illness and a rate of access to care. lower care.

The data shows that Mississippi generally ranks lower in several categories related to accessibility of mental health services for adults, including adults with mental illness (AMI) who do not have health insurance. Notably, the thirteen states at the bottom of this ranking had not expanded Medicaid between 2018 and 2019. The percentage of uninsured adults with AMI in Mississippi is only preceded by:

Alabama (19.3% or 154,000)
Missouri (19.3% or 209,000)
Texas (21.5% or 759,000)

Additionally, more than 27 million American adults are untreated for mental illness or other mental health issues. Lack of insurance coverage contributes to this, but also the majority of people who have coverage – 54% – are still untreated.

Over 70% of children in Mississippi with major depression have not received treatment. This rate even exceeds the national percentage, which is 60.3%. Texas is the state with the highest individual percentage at 73.1%.

READ MORE: ‘We need to get help’: Pandemic is accelerating need for children’s mental health services

This article first appeared on mississippi today and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.

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