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Together we can win better mental health.

Polling of registered voters nationwide, conducted on behalf of Inseparable Action, found strong, bipartisan concern about a growing mental health crisis facing the country.

The poll also found strong support for a range of proposed solutions to expand services in K-12 schools and require health insurance plans to expand coverage of mental health care.

  • An overwhelming, bipartisan majority of registered voters agree that there is a growing mental health crisis in this country facing both adults (90%) and children and youth (91%, including 93% of parents with children 18 or younger at home).
  • Majorities of voters say that it is currently difficult for both adults (59% say it is difficult) and children and youth (54%, including 53% of parents) to get access to mental health care. A bipartisan, 62% majority of voters also say mental health care is currently too expensive.
  • Nine-in-10 voters (90%) say expanding access to mental health care should be an important priority for elected officials such as members of Congress and state legislators, including 60% who say it should be a very important priority. Majorities of Democrats (97% important), Republicans (88%), and Independents (85%) all share this concern.
  • Six-in-10 voters (62%) and parents (60%) say insufficient mental health services in schools for children and youth who are struggling is a major problem contributing to the mental health crisis.
  • Proposals to expand mental health services in K-12 schools receive wide, bipartisan support.
  • Two-thirds of voters say health insurance companies denying coverage of needed mental health services is a major problem contributing to the mental health crisis (64%). A similarly large majority say another major problem is that mental health care is too expensive and many people cannot afford the care they need (68%).
  • Proposals to require insurance companies to improve their coverage of mental health care garner overwhelming, bipartisan support

Survey Method: ​​

These findings are based on an online and text-to-web survey conducted November 17-22, 2023, among N=1,000 registered voters. The margin of error for the full sample is ±3.1% at the 95% level of confidence and higher for subgroups.

Colorado Voters on Youth Mental Health

In a recent survey of Colorado voters, particularly parents, it was evident that the overwhelming majority believe there is a mental health crisis among youth that needs to be addressed.

  • 95% of Colorado parents agreed that there is a growing mental health crisis affecting children and youth.
  • 91% of parents agreed that we should make no-cost mental health services available to youth in Colorado who are struggling.
  • 93% of parents agreed that health insurance companies should be required to cover needed mental health care when prescribed by a patient’s doctor. 
  • 93% of parents agreed insurance companies should be required to maintain accurate and up-to-date information for consumers about mental health care providers in their network. 

Survey Method: ​​

The interviews were conducted from December 11th to 18th, 2023. The overall survey responses have a margin of error of +/- 3.24% at the 95% confidence interval. Population subgroups will have a higher margin of error than the overall sample. The survey data were weighted to be representative of Colorado’s voter registration demographics.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988. Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they text HOME to 741741.