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    MHA’s County and State Data Project

MHA Mental Health Mapping

Research That Transforms Communities

We know that nationally, people are experiencing an unprecedented decline in their mental health. We are hearing about it in the news and seeing it in our own friends and family. But what is the state of mental health in your state or local community?

That question is difficult to answer with any hard numbers. Most federal sources release mental health data on a one- to two-year delay and the findings are difficult to apply to a local level.

But Mental Health America is changing that.

For years, MHA has been providing free, anonymous, clinically-validated mental health screens on our website, MHAScreening.org. Now, for the first time, our researchers and corporate partners at Lundbeck are geographically analyzing the results from millions of those mental health screens and showing you the data in near real-time.

This is the largest dataset of its kind, and now you can explore it at the state and county level on our powerful dashboard and in four comprehensive briefs .

The applications for this information are limitless. It can educate community leaders about areas in need of more mental health resources, assist policymakers in effectively directing state and local funding, and allow researchers to see a clearer picture of the country’s mental health landscape.

Do you see a way that this data can help advance your educational, policy, or research goals? Reach out to us so we can explore the possibilities together. Let’s transform mental health in our communities.

 

Team Spotlight
 

Theresa Nguyen, Chief Program Officer
Theresa Nguyen, Chief Program Officer

As MHA’s Chief Program Officer and Vice President of Research and Innovation, Theresa works to improve access to mental health care through data and digital-based innovations. Her areas of special interest include prevention, early intervention, education, and building a full recovery-oriented mental health system of care.

Maddy Reinert, Senior Director of Population Health
Maddy Reinert, Senior Director of Population Health

Maddy manages the MHA online mental health screening program, which has served over 12 million individuals who have come to take a mental health screen and are seeking additional support. She is responsible for the collection, cleaning, analyzing, interpretation, and reporting of qualitative and quantitative data for use across MHA programming and provides regular data support to over 80 partners nationally.

 

Special Thanks to the Following Contributor Stakeholders Who Helped with the Engagement Process

  • Adam Lustig, The National School Boards Association
  • Administrator and Staff From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and National Institute of Mental Health
  • Agnes Rupp, Retired health economist and special volunteer to the National Institutes of Health
  • Ali Martinez, Alachua County Crisis Center
  • Angelica Castañon, National Education Association
  • Ann Hartry, Lundbeck
  • Ben Druss, SMI Adviser, Emory University
  • Chacku Mathai, OnTrackNY; New York State Psychiatric Institute, Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research
  • Chelsea Booth, Zero Suicide Institute Education Development Center
  • David R. Johnson, Penn State University, Department of Sociology
  • Deena Andreola, Lundbeck
  • Eli Perez, Otsuka
  • Gordon Lavigne, Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA)
  • Holly Krasa, Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA)
  • Jason Schiffman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Professor and Director of Clinical Training
  • Jill Harkavy-Friedman, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Jonah DeChants, The Trevor Project
  • Laudy Aron, The Urban Institute
  • Leigh Morrissey, Lundbeck
  • Lesley White, Alkermes, Inc.
  • Lili Torok, Crisis Text Line
  • Lindsay Usry, Zero to Three
  • Lisa Lewis, American Federation of Teachers
  • Lucas Torres, Marquette University
  • Maelys Touya, Lundbeck
  • Mark Savill, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Assistant Researcher, Psychiatry
  • Marlo Nash, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
  • Michael Birnbaum, Early Treatment Program, Northwell Health
  • Michael Doane, Alkermes, Inc.
  • Michael Wolfe, Johnson & Johnson
  • Munmun De Choudhury, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech
  • Patrick Cokley, Anthem
  • Rachel Simoneau, National PTA
  • Roxana Feenster, Black Mental Health Alliance
  • Sean Murphy, Vibrant Emotional Health
  • Sheronda Helton, National School Boards Association
  • Shyrelle Eubanks, National Education Association
  • Stuart Buttlaire, Kaiser Permanente
  • Thomas Hart, Anthem

 

Building Meaningful Alliances

Creating psychologically safe communities is a responsibility we all share. We aim to build research alliances that help us explore new possibilities and further our population-level mental health research.

Let’s move mental health data forward by leading innovative projects and creating mental health solutions together.

Visit our Partnerships Page

 

Mental Health America’s independent research was made possible by the generous support of Lundbeck.