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Mental Health Survey Finds 18 Percent of Americans Suffer From Mental Illness

The newest mental health data released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration found that nearly 18 percent of Americans suffer from some form of mental illness.

The report shows national estimates of the prevalence of mental health disorders and mental health service use in the past year for youths between the ages of 12 and 17 and adults ages 18 and older.

Some findings from the survey include:

  • An estimated 43.7 million adults — 18.6 percent of adults in this country — suffered from a mental illness in the past year.

  • Women aged 18 or older were more likely than men to have a mental illness in the past year (22.0 vs. 14.9 percent).

  • An estimated 34.1 million adults or 14.5 percent of the population aged 18 or older received mental health services, like treatment or counseling, during the past 12 months. This is higher than in the previous year. (31.6 million people and 13.6 percent).

  • There were 2.2 million youths aged 12 to 17 (9.1 percent) who had a major depressive episode during the past year.

  • Among youths, females were more likely than males to have a major depressive episode in the past year (13.7 vs. 4.7 percent).

  • The most common reason for youths receiving specialty mental health services was feeling depressed (50.7 percent).


Read the full report and learn more at SAMHSA.