Only 17% of U.S. adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health*.
That leaves 83 out of 100 people who could benefit from help regarding their social, biological and psychological health.
*Mental Health — a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community
Why aren’t we getting the help we need?
Nationally there is only one health provider for every 198 people who need mental health services. There are not enough mental health providers.
We calculated this number based on the mental health capacity being 1 provider to 790 Americans and dividing the population by 25%, as that is the figure of Americans who experience any mental illness in a given year.
Those who are licensed are not represented equitably across all geographical regions.
When counseling is available, it can be expensive for the individual and the provider. Even when insurance covers the cost of mental health services there are still deductibles and out of pocket costs, which can be thousands of dollars.
It also costs the precious resource of time. For many, attending appointments is simply impossible.