Together we can win better mental health.

Inseparable partnered with The Harris Poll to survey public support for youth mental health.

 

  • 93%: Giving primary care providers the tools to identify, treat, and manage mental health and substance use conditions
  • 89%: Expanding the number of mental health providers available by investing in their education.
  • 90%: Expanding access to telehealth and virtual mental health care options
  • 86%: Cutting federal red tape to make it easier for schools to bill Medicaid for mental health services they provide to students.
  • 92%: Strengthen protections for young people’s data and privacy online, including on social media platforms.
  • 90%: Provide mental health care and supports for adults with mental illness who are returning from incarceration into the community.
  • 93%: Improving online tools to help Americans find mental health providers and services
  • 91%: Requiring all health plans to cover mental health services at the same level as physical health services.

There is universal support for expanding access to mental health services and supports for students in schools (e.g., partnerships between schools and community mental health clinics and child psychiatry consultation programs).

The survey found 90% support across adults with children, household income, education, marital status, race and ethnicity:

  • Parents
    • A Child Under 18: 89% Support
    • A Child in Household: 91%
  • Race and Ethnicity:
    • Hispanic: 90%
    • Black: 88%
    • White: 91%
  • Household Income:
    • <$50k/year: 90%
    • $50k-$74.9k/year: 92%
    • $75k-99.9k/year: 911%
    • 100k+/year: 89%
  • Education, Employment, and Home Ownership:
    • High School or Less: 88%
    • Some College: 93%
    • College Grag+: 90%
    • Employed: 90%
    • Unemployed: 91%
    • Homeowner: 89%
    • Renter: 93%
  • Marital Status:
    • Married: 91%
    • Not Married: 90%

Of parents with children in their household, the survey found:

  • 91% support requiring all health plans to cover mental health services at the same level as physical health services.
  • 91% support expanding access to mental health services and supports for students in schools (e.g., partnerships between schools and community mental health clinics and child psychiatry consultation programs)
  • 88% support expanding access to telehealth and virtual mental health care options (e.g., ensuring it is covered by all health plans and that you can continue to see your provider if you are in another state)
  • 92% support strengthening protections for young people’s data and privacy online, including on social media platforms.
  • 89% support providing mental health care and supports for adults with mental illness who are returning from incarceration into the community.
  • 90% support investments to help schools hire more counselors, school psychologists and other mental health professionals.
  • 93% support giving primary care providers the tools to identify, treat, and manage mental health and substance use conditions.
  • 92% support improving online tools to help Americans find mental health providers and services more easily.
  • 90% support expanding the number of mental health providers available by investing in their education (e.g., supporting training programs or loan repayment programs for clinicians who practice in rural or underserved areas).
  • 87% support cutting federal red tape to make it easier for schools to bill Medicaid for mental health services they provide to students.

Survey Method: ​​

This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Inseparable from March 8-10, 2022 among 2,055 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The sampling precision of Harris online polls is measured by using a Bayesian credible interval. For this study, the sample data is accurate to within + 2.8 percentage points using a 95% confidence level. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Seth Adam at seth@theleadpr.com.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text HOME to 741741.