A new study has found that Tennessee is the No. 28 state for mental health workers.
As the stigma surrounding mental health continues to lessen, more Americans than ever are embracing therapy and other tools for coping with emotional problems. As a result, the job outlook for mental health workers is among the brightest in the country.
PsyDPrograms.org today released its study, Best States for Mental Health Workers, which analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Zillow and Indeed.
Tennessee’s score on the Mental Health Index was 102.1%, meaning that the state is about one-fiftieth better than average. The study compared each state to a baseline in categories like income, housing and mental health.
Here are key findings in Tennessee:
• No. 21 in annual housing costs, $13,800.
• No. 25 in income taken by housing, 20.6%.
• No. 37 in adults with mental illness, 18.3%.
Here are key national findings:
• 10 best states: West Virginia, Arkansas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Indiana, Idaho, Kentucky, Iowa, Kansas and Wyoming.
• 10 worst states: California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, Massachusetts and Georgia.
• Nationally, New Jersey has the lowest reported rate of mental illness (16.1%), while Utah has the highest (25.3%).