BY SYDNEY GAYDA
Nearly 1 in every 5 Americans suffers from mental illness each year and the state of New Jersey was found to have the lowest national rates overall for mental illness, as determined by a SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administratio) study.
According to SAMHSA.gov, the association defines having a mental illness as “adults whose disorder caused substantial functional impairment. (i.e., a disorder that substantially interfered with or limited one or more major life activities)"
Due to uncontrolled variables, reasons for mental illness percentages by state are not perfectly explainable. Regards to current research, it has been found that “factors that potentially contribute to the variation are not well understood and need further study.” Possible reasons for these low rates may be associated with new government health plans and political influence.