KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Tennessee ranked 28th for the response of the mental health needs of its citizens, according to the 2021 State of Mental Health in America report.
The ranking of all 50 states examined trends in categories relating to the prevalence of mental illness, substance use disorder, thoughts of suicide, and access to care for both adults and youth.
Tennessee moved eleven spots from 39th to 28th in the recent study. The improvement was the fourth largest move among states.
“When you partner with an incredible provider, mental health substance abuse community, faith-based groups and you partner with your legislature and you partner with governor you can make incredible things happen; it is our goal, we want to be number one in the country.,” said Marie Williams, LCSW, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Officials said funding services, mental health clinics, free mental health screenings and other mental health and substance abuse services contributed to the improvement.
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