SAMHSA is looking for your comments on how to improve mental health care in our communities. Register today for our upcoming listening session. America is facing a critical need for mental health services. Over 9 million adults in the United States are living with a serious mental illness, and 1 in 5 children have an identified mental health disorder.
Main page content
Depression is a common but serious mental illness. It can impact anyone from children to older adults. About 6.7 percent of all Americans experience major depressive disorder in any given year. Did you know that women are far more likely than men to experience depression in their lifetimes?
National Depression Screening Day is October 9th. Talk with your doctor if you are concerned about yourself or a family member. The National Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health America are two organizations that maintain a list of local area health care providers who can screen for depression.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) usually begins in children aged 12 years and younger, and can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reports that approximately 9 percent of children and youth age 13 to 18 years have ADHD and about 4.1 percent of American adults age 18 years and older are diagnosed with ADHD in any given year.
Bipolar disorder, sometimes called “manic-depressive illness,” is a serious mental illness that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels. In any given year, it impacts approximately 2.6 percent of the American public.
In any given year one in five adults aged 18 and older will experience a mental illness. From October 5-11, the nation will recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) to help educate all Americans on the needs of individuals with mental illness—including serious mental illness—and their families.
The number of Americans who die by suicide continues to increase. In 2011, suicide accounted for 39,518 deaths in the United States1. In 2012, an estimated 9 million adults, aged 18 and older, reported having serious thoughts of suicide2. The loss of someone to suicide affects family, friends, coworkers, and others in the community. Family and friends may experience a range of painful emotions, such as shock, anger, guilt, and depression3. Yet, this doesn’t have to be. SAMHSA and its partners are working to reduce deaths by suicide nationwide