About 1 in 20 adults in California suffers from a serious mental illness, though rates can vary widely by region. What other factors tied to mental illness show similar geographic variations?
Mapping the Gaps: Mental Health in California, Data File 2013 (26 K)
California shows wide geographic variation in rates of serious mental illness. The state's poorest areas often have the highest rates of mental illness, and they are also among the regions with the fewest licensed mental health professionals to provide treatment.
The interactive infographic below displays this geographic variation. Hover your mouse over the map and charts, and click to learn more. This data visualization is a companion to Mental Health Care in California: Painting a Picture.
About the Data
California Department of Finance, Demographic Research Unit — Population
California Department of Health Care Services — California Mental Health Prevalence Estimates (PDF)
California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development — Supply of Health Care Providers
Public Policy Institute of California — Poverty in California
A Complex Case: Public Mental Health Delivery and Financing in California
Mental Health Care in California: Painting a Picture