MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER RATIO

Mental Health Providers is the ratio of the county population to the number of mental health providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, and advanced practice nurses specializing in mental health care.

Mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability. The resulting disease burden of mental illness is among the highest of all diseases. In any given year, an estimated 18.1% (43.6 million) of U.S. adults ages 18 years or older suffered from any mental illness and 4.2% (9.8 million) suffered from a seriously debilitating mental illness.[43] Neuropsychiatric disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States, accounting for 18.7% of all years of life lost to disability and premature mortality.[44] Moreover, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for the deaths of approximately 43,000 Americans in 2014.[45,46]

Mental health and physical health are closely connected. Mental health plays a major role in people’s ability to maintain good physical health. Mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, affect people’s ability to participate in health-promoting behaviors. In turn, problems with physical health, such as chronic diseases, can have a serious impact on mental health and decrease a person’s ability to participate in treatment and recovery.[36, 47]

Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Note: Data is measured annually.

Community Focus Areas:
  • Utilization of mental health screening tools with four pilot health providers to evaluate the effectiveness and usefulness for early detection

  • Installation of mental health self-screening kiosk in the Wilson County Health Department to promote self-awareness and provide treatment information for identified at-risk patients

  • Establishing a local treatment unit at Wilson Medical Center for behavioral health illnesses

  • Providing current and well-publicized treatment options by multiple community partners

  • Expanding Community Health Fair(s) to include mental health screenings

Date of Report Vs. Date of Data

Robert Wood Johnson annual reports reflect data from previous year(s) for certain measures.  See chart below.