How Many People Skip Mental Health Treatment?

We surveyed 500 people. Most got it wrong.

We came across a startling stat.

According to the World Health Organization, about 65% of people with a known mental health condition never seek professional help.

We knew that mental health conditions are common. (Around 1 in 5 American adults experiences a mental illness at some point during a year.) We also knew that there are many treatment options available, ranging from different kinds of therapy to medication to support groups.

What surprised us was how many people with a known mental health condition never seek the help of a professional.

We wanted to know if we were the only ones who would have guessed that number was smaller. So we asked 500* other people to take a guess.

We asked them: According to research, how many people with a known mental health condition never seek help from a professional? Their answer options were: about 10%, about 35%, about 65% and “none of the above.”

Turns out, most people were in the same boat as us.

63% of people guessed incorrectly; they either thought fewer people forgo professional help than do, or didn’t think any of the stats were feasible.

Among those who never seek help for their mental health, some likely forgo care due to stigma. Others may face access or cost barriers. That is, they aren’t able to see a medical or mental health professional who can help them, or may not be able to afford treatment such as therapy appointments and medications.

For those who struggle to afford their medications, for a mental health condition or otherwise, Blink might be able to help. Have a prescription? Check Blink to see if you can get a lower price.

At Blink, our mission is to make sure everyone can afford the medications they need, especially that 65% who are currently going without.

*Data based on survey of 500 respondents conducted by Blink Health through Google Surveys. This article is not medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your physician or dial 911.

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