Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas



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.

Need to find a Health Based Safe Haven?

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In the UK, Health-based places of safety are part of a mental health unit on a mental health hospital or acute hospital site, or part of an accident and emergency department in an acute hospital.

Section 136 of the Mental Health Act allows for someone believed by the police to have a mental disorder, and who may cause harm to themselves or another, to be detained in a public place and taken to a safe place where a mental health assessment can be carried out.

Places of safety include hospitals, care homes, or any suitable places where the occupier is willing to receive the person while the assessment is completed.

Find out more and check out the maps here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern,