Harvard Mental Health Letter

Clarification

Clarification

In the article "The prevalence and treatment of mental illness in America today" (November 2005, p. 5), we cited a survey showing that "other mental health professionals" (apart from psychiatrists) provided services to 16% of people with psychiatric disorders, while "counselors or spiritual advisers" served 8%. Readers have pointed out that this description is incomplete and could be confusing. The counselors grouped with spiritual advisers in the survey are human service providers working outside of specialized mental health settings. Licensed mental health counselors are included among the "other mental health professionals."

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