Utah ranks in the top 10 best states to live in for happiness and mental health

There are many factors that influence your mental health, but have you considered the important role geography plays?

America’s mental health crisis harms diverse populations across the country for a variety of reasons. Healthcare staffing company Soliant Health has released research and ranked US states from best to worst when it comes to happiness and mental health in 2023.

Here are the 10 best states to live in for mental health:

  1. Nebraska.
  2. Connecticut.
  3. Massachusetts.
  4. Minnesota.
  5. Rhode Island.
  6. New shirt.
  7. Vermont.
  8. Colorado.
  9. North Dakota.
  10. Utah.

To determine each state’s position in the rankings, researchers looked at factors including the number of mental health providers in the area, suicide rates (age 15-25), how often people experience bad mental health days, unemployment rates, and violent crime. Additional factors including air pollution and exercise were also emphasized.

The study said West Virginia ranked 50th, with an average number of mentally unhealthy days reported by residents in the past 30 days, followed by Alabama and then Arkansas.

Socioeconomic status affects mental health

Mental health challenges can interact with social issues in complex ways.

According to Axios, addressing the root causes of mental and behavioral health crises will require taking into account a range of socioeconomic and health factors, and in many cases will mean with addressing much wider social inequalities.

Lower-income communities often face increased mental health challenges due to the complex interaction of individual, social, economic, and systemic factors.

A study published in JAMA Network found that having less education is correlated with the likelihood that a person will overdose on drugs in their lifetime.

As the opioid crisis shifts toward fentanyl and polysubstance use, overdose deaths have become more common in groups of lower socioeconomic status, the study said. exacerbating existing life expectancy disparities.

The American Addiction Centers report that about 22% of people with anxiety disorders will self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to cope with their symptoms.

How at risk are young people?

Disconnected youth play a significant role in each state’s rankings, the Soliant Health report said.

Disconnected young people are at risk of developing poor mental health, with increased risk of violence, alcohol, drug use and emotional deprivation, the report said.

Additionally, this correlation is further supported by several studies showing that disconnected youth experience increased rates of unemployment, poverty, and mental health disorders.

According to the United Nations, disconnected youth include children who are homeless, in foster care, involved in the justice system, or who are neither employed nor enrolled in an educational institution. and accounts for approximately 6.7 million of the youth population aged 14-24. United States Department of Agriculture.

Disconnected youth not only find it difficult to find personal support, but also pose economic and political challenges to society when they fail to reach their potential for positive contributions.

This may stem from their increased dependence on government support and their likelihood of engaging in criminal behavior.

Six of the 10 states with the lowest rates of disconnected youth earned a spot in the top 10 best states for mental health, according to Soliant Health.

How does healthcare help?

Donald J. Parker, president of Behavioral Health Transition Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, told Fox News that more efforts need to be done in schools to help teach young people how to cope and increase Strengthen their mental health early.

Our hospital network recently partnered with the Association for Teen Suicide Prevention to train our 2,000 nurses to identify signs of potential suicide when children arrive in the emergency room and provide them with appropriate services to prevent self-harm, Parker said.

Additionally, the idea that is gaining more attention in mental health care is to take a more holistic approach to mental health, rather than simply being reactive.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline 988 by calling or texting 988 or chatting online at 988lifeline.org.

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