mental health usa

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, consisting of 1,400 mayors in cities with over 30,000 people, announced that mental health conditions were the leading cause of concern in their towns. Most mayors cited the lack of resources to send people to when an individual with a mental health condition reached out for help. The U.S. Conference of Mayors held its annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio from June 2 to 5.

Increased Demand for Mental Health Services

About 97% of mayors reported an increase in people asking for help in the last two years. Yet, 85% said that their cities needed more referral resources.

Adult Mental Health Concerns

About 85% of the mayors said substance abuse was the top issue. The second most common problem was homelessness caused by mental health issues.

Youth Mental Health Concerns

About 89% of the mayors cited teen depression as a significant concern. Of those mayors, 43% said they were very concerned about teen suicide rates in their cities.

City Government Trying to Help

The mayors say that most funding from the federal government is going to counties but that they are trying their best to meet the needs of individuals with mental health concerns. Over 82% of the mayors reported that they had increased the budget for mental health services or started new initiatives.


The U.S. Conference of Mayors has created a new mental health task force to study the problem further and suggests solutions. Reno, Nevada’s mayor will head the task force and work closely with the U.S. Surgeon General to promote mental wellbeing in America.

While we hope they come up with terrific new plans that are implemented, some people do not have time to wait. If you are one of them, reach out to us today. We want to help you find a plan that works for you.