According to Mental Health America, Utah ranks 48th out of 51 states (and D.C.) in overall mental health (not good), 50th in the nation for adult mental health, and 41st for youth. Nevada fares even worse with a ranking of 51 for overall mental health, 51st for youth mental health, and 47th for adult mental health. Lower rankings indicate that adults have higher prevalence of mental illness and lower rates of access to care.
Mental health affects a person’s ability to be stable in many areas of life, including work, physical health, and family stability. Both Utah and Nevada need to find ways to improve mental health so every person is more able to become self-reliant and prosperous.