Is there a mental health crisis in America?


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According to a Kaiser Family Foundation/CNN survey, 90 percent of adults in the United States believe the country is facing a mental health crisis,1 with half of people surveyed saying they always or often feel anxious and one-third of them reporting that they often or always feel depressed.2 In spite of this, more than 40 percent of adults who need substance use and/or mental health care can’t get it.3 In fact, with a growing shortage of psychiatrists and other mental health providers, the US doesn’t have enough professionals to treat everyone who is struggling with a mental health condition.4


1. McPhillips, D. (2022, October 5). 90% of US adults say the United States is experiencing a mental health crisis, CNN/KFF poll finds. CNN.

2. KFF (2022, October 6). New KFF/CNN Survey on Mental Health Finds Young Adults in Crisis; More than a Third Say Their Mental Health Keeps Them from Doing Normal Activities. Kaiser Family Foundation.

3. National Council for Mental Wellbeing (2022). 2022 Access to Care Survey.

4. Weiner, S (2022, August 9). A growing psychiatrist shortage and an enormous demand for mental health services. AAMCNews.