The latest data highlights the prevalence of mental health problems among adults and young people; CT Among Highest-Ranked States – Connecticut by the Numbers


In a similar youth ranking, Connecticut again moved up a top-10 spot to eighth. At the top of this ranking were Pennsylvania, Maine, the District of Columbia, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey.

The percentage of youth with severe major depressive episode (MDE) in Connecticut increased from 9.0% in 2017-18 to 7.8% in 2018-19, the largest positive change in the category of all the states of the country.

The 7 measures that made up the youth ranking were: Youth with at least one major depressive episode (MDE) in the past year; Young people with a substance use disorder in the past year; Young people with severe MDE; Young people with MDE who have not received mental health services; Young people with severe MDE who received regular treatment; Children with private insurance that did not cover mental or emotional issues; and students identified with emotional disorders for an individualized education program.

In other rankings published by Mental Health America, Connecticut ranked 9th in prevalence of mental illnesses and 9th in access to care.

The MHA pointed out that the data in the 45-page report “provides a solid foundation for understanding the prevalence of mental health problems, as well as problems with access to insurance and treatment, especially as this access varies. from state to state”. MHA “advocates preventive services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated services, care and treatment for those in need, and recovery as the goal.”

According to the MHA, this data was collected through 2019. They explain that “this means that this is the most recent data reported by states and publicly available. They are very useful for providing comparative benchmarks across states for needs and systems that were in place before the COVID-19 pandemic, as data reflecting the COVID-19 pandemic will not be available until next year.

The report states that in 2019, “just before the COVID-19 pandemic, 19.86% of adults suffered from a mental illness, which equates to almost 50 million Americans”. He adds that “The national rate of suicidal ideation among adults has been increasing every year since 2011-2012. This is a larger increase than seen in last year’s report and is a worrying trend to see in the COVID-19 pandemic. »

Nationally, “more than half of adults with mental illness do not receive treatment, representing more than 27 million adults in the United States who are untreated” and “more than 60% of young people with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment“.


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