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Study: 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Lack Access to Mental Health, Substance Use Care

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June 14, 2022Barriers to mental health treatment impacted more than 4 in 10 U.S. adults who needed care for substance use or mental health in the past 12 months but were unable to receive it.

This unmet demand for mental health care is more than double that for primary health care, according to an online survey of 2,053 U.S.

adults conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.1 Of the 43% of participants unable to access mental health or substance use services, 42% said they needed and unsuccessfully pursued mental health care and 24% said they needed substance use care.Even those who ultimately did access care reported significant barriers to treatment.

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