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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.

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From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

Love polar bears? You’re not alone!
Today’s throwback pic was taken back in 2009 by one of our employees involved with our polar bear program.
The primary objective of this program is to ensure that polar bear populations in Alaska remain a healthy, functioning component of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas ecosystems.
Get details about our program here … and find more polar bear images here.
Photo: One of our biologists works with a tranquilized bear on the ice, 2009. (Karyn Rhode/USFWS)

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From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

Love polar bears? You’re not alone!

Today’s throwback pic was taken back in 2009 by one of our employees involved with our polar bear program.

The primary objective of this program is to ensure that polar bear populations in Alaska remain a healthy, functioning component of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas ecosystems.

Get details about our program here … and find more polar bear images here.

Photo: One of our biologists works with a tranquilized bear on the ice, 2009. (Karyn Rhode/USFWS)

Image description: Dennis W. Moss, a Biological Science Lab Technician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation Research Unit, performs a quality evaluation of safflower seeds in the germination bay of the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP).
The NCGRP acquires, evaluates, preserves, and provides a national collection of genetic resources to secure biological diversity.
Photo by Lance Cheung, USDA.

Image description: Dennis W. Moss, a Biological Science Lab Technician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant and Animal Genetic Resources Preservation Research Unit, performs a quality evaluation of safflower seeds in the germination bay of the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP).

The NCGRP acquires, evaluates, preserves, and provides a national collection of genetic resources to secure biological diversity.

Photo by Lance Cheung, USDA.

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