Amidst the nationwide discussion about suicide and mental health preservation, this map depicts the areas in the United States which suffer from a lack of mental health professionals and facilities. The Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) designates Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) scores to determine which areas are the most in need of more health professionals. Higher scores on this scale indicate an area with greater need.
At cursory glance, this map does not follow any overwhelming trends, with respect to cardinal directions; however, this map should spark more discussion about the socioeconomic and environmental factors that play a role in an individual’s access to mental health facilities and care. Conversations should also take place about how to get more mental health professionals established in the areas that in desperate need of service.
More information on this map can be found at the Rural Health Information Hub’s webpage.