Mental Health America releases first-ever dashboard with
Alexandria, VA and Deerfield, IL, Feb. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mental Health America (MHA), with support from Lundbeck, today released a first-of-its-kind dashboard that geographically maps the results of 2.6 million mental health screenings performed as part of the MHA online screening program in 2020 and 2021. The dashboard provides a view of at-risk rates for suicidal ideation, severe depression, PTSD, trauma, and psychosis for each state and county in the states -United
Since 2014, MHA has provided online mental health screening to approximately 1 million users per year worldwide. This dashboard analyzes 2020 and 2021 data from the 2.6 million users located in the United States. The MHA has previously released several reports and research studies using data collected from the MHA’s online screening program, but has never publicly released this county-level data or mapped this data geographically. .
Data points calculated in this dashboard for US states and counties include:
- the number of people in each state/county who have been screened for any of the conditions mentioned above through the MHA online screening program
- the number of people in each state/county who scored positive on the screen they took
- the number of people who tested positive per 100,000 state/county residents
The scorecard will also rank states against each other on these metrics. Currently, the three states with the highest number of people scoring positive for the respective conditions per 100,000 population are:
Suicidal ideation: Utah, Indiana, Alaska
Severe depression: Indiana, Utah, Tennessee
PTSD: Arkansas, Alaska, Oklahoma
Trauma: Oregon, Oklahoma, Indiana
Psychosis: West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky
The data shown in the dashboard represents the minimum number of people at risk for these conditions. Before initiating care for a new mental health problem or seeking care for a relapse of symptoms of an existing mental health problem, people are likely to turn to the Internet to seek information and solutions to their concerns.
“We are in the midst of a dual pandemic in 2022, we are battling both the public health crisis introduced by COVID-19 and a mental health crisis. If we ignore the mental health crisis that is unfolding, it will persist for decades. In order to effectively address mental health needs in our communities, we need to know who is struggling and where the need is greatest,” said Schroeder Stribling, president and CEO of Mental Health America. “This life-saving project does exactly that – the dashboard identifies places where people start to think they may be suffering from depression, suicidal ideation, psychosis, trauma or other conditions, and it gives communities the opportunity to intervene at the earliest stage.”
The data is intended to identify communities in need of greater mental health support, generate a better understanding of mental health issues in the United States, guide the appropriate allocation of resources, and create a environment that promotes mental well-being at the population level.
MHA and Lundbeck believe that the data will be essential to prepare a rapid and appropriate response to the current mental health crisis; and it can be used to ensure that appropriate federal, state, and local funding is made available to support quality mental health care for youth, adults, and families now and in the future.
“We are seeing a historic increase in various mental health issues. Business, government, academia and society must act together to find solutions to this global mental health crisis. As a goal-oriented organization, Lundbeck is proud to partner with Mental Health America on this innovative initiative and to join forces around the goal of taking action for people in need of mental health support. mental health, de-stigmatize mental health and support increased access to a variety of mental health resources. said Deborah Dunsire, President and CEO of Lundbeck.
This dashboard is the culmination of stakeholder meetings and the release of briefs from MHA and Lundbeck identifying the communities hardest hit by mental health impacts emerging amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The series examined suicidal ideation (posted May 30, 2021), severe depression (posted August 19, 2021), trauma (posted October 13, 2021) and psychosis (posted December 14, 2021).
The Dashboard and Memoir Series were made possible through the support of Lundbeck.
About Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to meeting the needs of people living with mental illness and promoting holistic mental health for everyone. MHA’s work is driven by its commitment to promoting mental health as an essential part of overall well-being, including preventive services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services and supports for those in need; with recovery as the goal. Learn more at MHAnational.org.
H. Lundbeck A/S (LUN.CO, LUN DC, HLUYY) is a global pharmaceutical company specializing in brain diseases. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of neuroscience research. We are relentlessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so that everyone can perform at their best. We are committed to fighting stigma and discrimination against people with brain conditions and advocating for wider social acceptance of people with brain conditions. Our research programs tackle some of the most complex challenges in neuroscience, and our pipeline focuses on bringing to light transformative treatments for which there are few or no therapeutic options.
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