One in five adults will experience a mental illness this year, but fewer than half will seek treatment. A new series of SAMHSA resources is designed to help bridge this gap. Our newly Yesed fact sheets on Treatments for Mental Disorders educate people diagnosed with mental illness, their families and their friends about currently available evidence-based treatments.Expert panels of researchers, clinicians, consumers, families and administrators met to provide input on the content of each fact sheet. Each fact sheet focuses on a specific diagnosis, such as bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders or post-traumatic stress disorder.
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We need to talk—about depression. The World Health Organization (WHO), has chosen depression as the focus of this year’s World Health Day on April 7, 2017, The theme is “Depression: Let’s Talk.” For years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has encouraged open discussion about mental health through efforts like community conversations. SAMHSA applauds WHO’s efforts to take this discussion global.
Depression among youth is a serious problem that is becoming more widespread. According to SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), depression is increasing among young adults and adolescents. The NSDUH found that the percentage of youth aged 18-25 who reported a major depressive episode in the previous year increased from 8.3 percent in 2011 to 9.3 percent in 2014. Even more concerning, the percentage of youth aged 12-17 with depression increased from 8.2 percent to 11.4 percent in the same time period.
People with mental and/or substance use disorders account for 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked in the United States. In one year, that’s about 177 billion cigarettes—enough to stretch to the moon and back 17 times.
For some with mental illness, smoking might seem pleasurable or like a way to reduce stress. Those in recovery from substance use might worry that quitting smoking could jeopardize their abstinence from other substances. But research indicates otherwise. In fact, smoking appears to interfere with behavioral health. Quitting smoking, on the other hand, can improve mental health and addiction recovery outcomes. For example, studies show that:
Over one-half of people with mental health conditions do not receive needed treatment. Part of the challenge is identifying who needs help. That is about to change.The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), in their latest recommendation statement, issued a landmark call for primary care providers to screen all adults for depression, even if they don’t have any obvious risk factors.