Mental healthcare access varies by state. When I moved from downstate to upstate New York, I had a hard time finding mental healthcare services that were appropriate for my conditions. There were resources available, but therapists were overbooked. Specialists didn’t know anything about Borderline Personality Disorder or trichotillomania. The realization that my perfect new home didn’t have easy access to services hit me like a ton of bricks. Although I’m finding services as I type this, I wondered how much harder it is for people in rural areas to find proper mental healthcare. This lead me to do some research on which U.S. states have the best and worst access to mental healthcare services.
The data I found is from Mental Health America, which ranked each state based on access to healthcare, number of providers, and percentage of uninsured people. It’s important to note that less than half of all Americans with a mental illness receive any kind of treatment, and states that rank higher are not astronomically better than the worst states.