Mental Health Awareness Week: Florida among states with worst access to mental healthcare

TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) – Mental Illness Awareness Week runs between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10, and Floridians are especially in need of mental health resources, according to a new study.

Established in 1990 by Congress, Mental Illness Awareness Week was created to educate the public and fight stigmas surrounding mental illness and treatment.

In any given year, the United States has an average of 4.55% of adults suffering from seriously debilitating mental illness.

In late June 2020, nearly half of adults in the United States reported struggling with substance abuse or mental illness, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

In a report from Mental Health America, Florida ranks No. 12 among states with the most mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders.

More than 30% of adults in the United States reported struggling with symptoms of anxiety, depression or both, while 26% of adults in the U.S. reported dealing with trauma or stessor-related disorder symptoms.

According to Resources to Recover, around 3.8% of adults in Florida live with seriously debilitating mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and major depression.

Thousands more in Florida suffer with other mental illnesses, but don’t have access to treatment.

Florida also ranks

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