Mental Health Statistics for Michigan 2023
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The overall ranking for mental health in a region is determined by combining scores from 15 measures.
This ranking encompasses data from both adults and youth, addressing issues like mental illness prevalence and care accessibility. The 15 measures include factors like:
Adults with Any Mental Illness (AMI), Adults with Substance Use Disorder in the Past Year, Adults with Serious Thoughts of Suicide, Youth with at Least One Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the Past Year, Youth with Substance Use Disorder in the Past Year, Youth with Severe MDE, Adults with AMI Who Did Not Receive Treatment, Adults with AMI Reporting Unmet Need, Adults with AMI Who Are Uninsured, Adults Reporting 14+ Mentally Unhealthy Days a Month Who Could Not See a Doctor Due to Costs, Youth with MDE Who Did Not Receive Mental Health Services, Youth with Severe MDE Who Received Some Consistent Treatment, Youth with Private Insurance That Did Not Cover Mental or Emotional Problems, Students (Grades K+) Identified with Emotional Disturbance for an Individualized Education Program, Mental Health Workforce Availability.
Data Source: State of Mental Health In America
Fast US Mental Health Facts
- 21% of adults are experiencing a mental illness. Equivalent to over 50 million Americans.
- 15% of adults had a substance use disorder of which 93.5% did not receive treatment.
- 4.8% of adults reporting serious thoughts of suicide. Over 12 million people.
- 55% of adults receive no treatment. This is equivalent to 28 million individuals.
- 11% of adults with mental illness are uninsured.
- In the US there are 350 individuals that need help for every one mental health provider.
- 23% of adults who report experiencing 14 or more mentally unhealthy days each month.
- 16% of youth suffer from at least one major depressive episode. More than 2.7 million young Americans are experiencing severe major depression.
- 60% of youth with major depression do not receive mental health treatment.
- 1 in 10 youth with private insurance do not have coverage for mental health.
MIchigan Overall Mental Health Rankings
- 17 in the country for adult and youth measures.
- 11 in the country for adult measures.
- 35 in the country for youth measures.
- 25 For Prevalence of Mental Illness.
- 20 for Access to Care.
Adults with Any Mental Illness in Michigan
22% or approximately 1,729,000 people
Adults with Any Mental Illness in Michigan
1 in 5 Individuals
Adults with Substance Use Disorder
16.72% or approximately 1,295,000 people
Adults with Serious Thoughts of Suicide
4.84% or approximately 375,000 people
Youth with at Least One Major Depressive Episode
19% or approximately 119,000 kids
Youth with Substance Use Disorder
7.3% or approximately 53,000 kids
Youth with Severe Major Depressive Episode
11.3% or approximately 83,000 kids
Adults Who Did Not Receive Treatment
49.4% or approximately 870,000 people
Youth Who Did Not Receive Mental Health Services
60.3% or approximately 71,000 kids
Students (K+) Identified with Emotional Disturbance for an Individualized Education Program
7.63% or approximately 10,702 kids
For IEP considerations, “Emotional Disturbance” refers to young individuals with mental or behavioral health challenges impacting their academic performance. IEPs play a vital role in providing personalized services, assistance, and accommodations to help students with disabilities thrive in educational environments.
Mental Health Workforce Availability For Michigan
330:1 or one clinician for 330 people.
With a growing demand for mental health services, a shortage of mental health providers, and an increase in out-of network participation, the system is built such that only people with higher incomes can afford to receive care. To combat this inequality, Bright Pine Behavioral Health has partnered with Care Credit to make services more accessible and affordable for all Michiganders.
Youth with Severe MDE Who Received Some Consistent Treatment
Only 23.6% or approximately 19,000 kids received help
In the U.S., for every mental health provider, there are 350 individuals. The category “mental health provider” encompasses roles such as psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, counselors, family therapists, and advanced practice nurses with a mental health focus. As of June 2022, a staggering 152 million individuals resided in areas with insufficient mental health professionals, with only 28% of the mental health needs in these zones addressed by available providers.
However, it’s crucial to note that these statistics primarily reflect the number of mental health providers physically present. Factors like their patient acceptance rate, insurance affiliations, and their cultural or linguistic alignment with local communities aren’t considered. The data’s source, County Health Rankings, also highlights that the numbers might overstate the count of active professionals as it could count those not practicing or accepting new patients.
A significant barrier in tackling this workforce shortage is the undervaluing of provider compensation. The underwhelming pay for mental health professionals pushes them towards other fields and elevates their participation outside of insurance networks. Data from 2017 revealed that 17.2% of behavioral health office visits were with an out-of-network provider, in stark contrast to 3.2% for primary care and 4.3% for other medical specialists. This system, given the rising demand for mental health services and the prevalent provider shortage, inherently favors those with more substantial financial resources for care access.