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The Places in the United States With the Worst Mental Health, Mapped

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“Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction. It’s time to tell everyone who’s dealing with a mental health issue that they’re not alone, and that getting support and treatment isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength.” ~ Michelle Obama

More than half of people with mental illness do not receive help for their struggles. This is greatly influenced by the stigma, prejudice, and discrimination that is prevalent in many societies and communities. A 2016 study on mental health stigma concluded that “there is no country, society or culture where people with mental illness have the same societal value as people without mental illness.” America is no exception, although the severity varies across regions. While stigma is not the sole cause of people struggling with mental illness, it certainly contributes to it. The team at Charlotte’s Web has created an insightful visualization of where people in the United States have the poorest mental health.

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These numbers are self-reported, which is alarming because it makes you wonder how many people are slipping through the cracks due to stigma, lack of awareness, societal influences, and other factors. West Virginia is by far the most concerning – it tops the state chart and contains the majority of the counties with the poorest mental health. Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia rates are among the highest in the nation. In the Healthiest Communities Ranking, the average score among West Virginia’s counties was around 28 out of 100. The five poorest-scoring counties for mental health were all in West Virginia. Another study found that 24.62% of adults in West Virginia are struggling with mental illness. What could be going on in West Virginia? A major contributor is stigma – West Virginia has a culture of independence and grit, so it is often frowned upon to seek help for mental illness. Lack of access to proper care is another factor; the rate of mental health providers per 100,000 people is 45% below average than the rest of America.

Charts like this give us an opportunity to fight stigma. No one should have to suffer in silence. If you are someone you know is struggling, there are options.

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New Map Shows Which Countries Are the Most Progressive in Regulating AI

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Sometimes charts and graphs are the most effective way to give us important information about current events, as is the case with this graphic from AIRPRM:

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The AI industry is growing and changing at a rapid rate. Many people are excited about the bountiful opportunities it can bring to society, but others are more cautious. Experts have stated concerns about AI eliminating jobs, harvesting copyrighted data, creating deep fakes, and being deployed for other nefarious purposes. On top of that, environmentalists raised concern about the carbon emissions caused by AI servers. As we can see from this chart, these concerns are taken seriously by world governments. Here we can see which countries have developed a national AI strategy, how much they’ve invested in AI initiatives, and what kind of legislation these countries have enacted.

The data shows us that the United States have developed the largest number of policies and strategies while The European Union leads the way in amount of money invested in AI strategy (as far as we can tell. AIPRM lacked the data to determine how much the US has spent on their efforts.) The European Union leads in another way too with the development of the AI Act, a piece of horizontal legislature determining nationwide rules regarding transparency, data usage, accountability, and human oversight. The AI Act will likely pave the way for legislation that other countries develop in the future. We love how informative this graphic is while also giving us a quick and colorful overview of the state of AI law across the world.

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The Best States for Small Businesses, Ranked

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According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the United States is home to 33.2 million small businesses. Combined, these make up 99.9% of all U.S. businesses! Here is an even more surprising fact; small businesses were responsible for 63% of all new jobs created between 1995 to 2021. We might imagine that big companies are churning out the jobs, but in reality, America is built on small companies striving to succeed! So what does it take for a small business to thrive in the United States? Many factors play a role, but as with many money matters, location is key. The team at Finfare has created this incredible index to highlight the best and worst states to start a small business. Check it out:

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We love indexes like this! They combine multiple relevant data sets to create a bigger, more insightful picture. This index includes factors such as corporate tax rate, state unemployment tax, LLC fees, average monthly commercial electric bills, minimum wage, commercial spaces for lease, and business survival rates within one year AND five years. All together, these facets create a more trustworthy outlook on the best places for small businesses. If there is a specific factor you want to know more about, there are top five lists below the main chart. I was impressed and surprised that California has a one year business survival rate of 86.8%! I figured that there would be plenty of cutthroat competition there. It drops down to 55.7% after five years, but that is still the third highest!

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Penis Lengths Around the World

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Who says size doesn’t matter? Certainly not the men of Sudan who were found to have the world’s largest average penis size. According to sex-toy site TooTimid.com, the average length of an erect penis in Sudan is 7.07 inches long, or 17.95 cm for our metric friends. Sudan’s impressive average length just barely beat out its neighboring country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which had a reported average penis length of 7.06 inches when erect. We have to say, with average lengths that long the banana was a great choice to represent the male member on this pretty pink graphic! If you’re wondering what the average penis size is in other countries, TooTimid put together quite the compendium of worldwide penis lengths. Their inclusive chart ranks 143 countries on the average length of an erect penis among its male citizens. In addition to erect penis sizes, they’ve even highlighted the top ten countries that were found to have the longest average flaccid penis. If you’re more interested in girth than length, the top ten lists for the countries with the largest penis circumference (both erect and flaccid) are also waiting to be discovered by you below. What about the countries with the shortest penis size? Don’t worry, the team at TooTimid covered that too! This chart of countries ranked by penis size truly has it all. How does your member measure up to the rest of the world? Check out the map of average penis sizes around the world and see for yourself!

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