The Barometer also shows trends in an array of mental health issues and related treatment. For example, it shows a significant increase in the national annual prevalence of major depressive episodes among adolescents aged 12 to 17, which rose from 8.2 percent in 2011 to 12.5 percent in 2015.
This report can also be viewed as a snapshot of the nation’s behavioral health needs. The data analysis can help the behavioral health care providers determine how to meet these needs. Likewise, policymakers can identify solutions to reduce the gaps among various groups.
The indicators included in the Barometer are measured through the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS), which are sponsored by SAMHSA. To learn more about the NSDUH and N-SSATS and related SAMHSA reports, please visit: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/.