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Study Ranks Oregon Last For Mental Health Care

The Lund Report, November 11, 2015
Originally published by Oregon Public Broadcasting, Nov. 9, 2015

A sign posted near the Vista Bridge in Portland urges people contemplating suicide to seek help.

A sign posted near the Vista Bridge in Portland urges people contemplating suicide to seek help.

A study looking at mental health care among states has ranked Oregon dead last.

The president of Mental Health America, Paul Gionfriddo, said researchers considered 13 elements for the ranking: from the number of residents with mental illness to access to care.

“Oregon does generally poorly on the prevalence of mental illness ranking," he said. "In other words, there are more children and adults with mental illnesses; with dependence on alcohol or drugs; with serious thoughts of suicide.”

The study also looked at factors like how many people have access to insurance, whether that insurance is adequate, and how high are the barriers to accessing mental health care. 

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