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Here are the facts about Behavioral health in Utah,
Utah’s Population: 3,251,217 (2019)
When analyzing the behavioral health of Utah and its residents it is important to consider the total population. The larger the state, the greater potential there could be for a wide variety of clientele.
This large scale view also gives government officials the ability to evaluate public health in terms of a single state.
Utah’s top Mental illnesses include: Depression, Bipolar disorder, and Anxiety disorders which make up 63.4% of all mental illnesses in Utah (2nd MDE Diagnosis Rate)
According to the most recent report by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Utah has ranked number one in adult depression diagnoses.
The results of the report showed that approximately 12.3 percent of adults in Utah suffer from some form of depression.
Utah’s Mental Illness Statistics: Approximately 1 in 4 Utahns will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives (4th highest rate)
According to a report compiled by Mental Health America, 22% of Utahns will experience symptoms of a mental health disorder in their lifetime. This statistic is one of the highest in the nation.
Utah’s Mental Health Resources: Utah ranks 7th in adult mental health resources, and 11th for child mental health resources. (8th overall)
Utah’s youth population is also fairly large when compared to the total population. With 32,857 children per 100,000 (2nd in the nation) it is clear that there are many young people requiring behavioral health care and services. Unfortunately, our state ranks 11th for child mental health resources.
Utah’s Mental Health Providers: 2,481 full and part time behavioral health practitioners for an average of 1 provider per 400 Utahns. (11th overall)
It is clear that Utah’s mental health providers are unable to meet the demand for services in our state. With 11,998 people per 100,000 suffering from some form of mental illness it can be clearly stated that Utah needs more mental health care providers.
With approximately $23 million spent on mental health per year, Utah is able to provide adequate resources for a small number of people. With 1 out of every 40 people suffering from mental illness it can be concluded that Utah spends significantly less than average on behavioral healthcare services.
Utah’s Mental Health Programs: The T3 Program in Utah has seen a 13.9% increase in TANF recipients enrolled in treatment services for mental health and chemical dependence (5th highest increase)
Utah’s Mental Health Resources for Women: 18.4% of women in Utah suffer from symptoms of mental illness (3rd)
According to a report compiled by the American Psychological Association, 19% of women in Utah have experienced symptoms of mental illness. This rate is significantly higher than the national average for women, in which only 16% have experienced symptoms of a mental illness.
Utah’s Mental Health Resources for Children: 1 in every 33 children suffers from mental illness (2nd)
With approximately 2 out of every 100 kids suffering from a mental illness, it can be concluded that many children in Utah are currently at risk to suffer from a mental health condition.
Utah’s Mental Health Resources for Men: There is 1 practicing psychologist per 4,845 men (11th) and 1 practicing psychiatrist per 10,562 men (13th) in Utah. As of 2010, Utah has the lowest number of practicing psychiatrists per capita in the United States (18th).
With 1 in every 8 men experiencing symptoms of mental illness it can be concluded that there is a high population suffering from mental health issues. Compared to women, there are nearly 3 times as many men who have never been diagnosed with a mental illness. It is clear that men are not seeking medical attention for their mental health conditions.
Utah’s Mental Health Resources for Seniors: 1 in every 43 seniors is experiencing symptoms of dementia (2nd) and approximately 30% of those have depression as well (3rd).
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s in Utah is projected to increase from approximately 89,000 to more than 130,000 by 2025.
With 259,000 seniors living in Utah it can be stated that approximately 42% of seniors are currently experiencing symptoms of a mental illness.
There is also a high rate of depression among senior citizens.