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Mental Health

The burden of mental illness in the United States is among the highest of all diseases, and mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability. Improving mental health through prevention strategies and ensuring access to mental health services can improve the overall health of many Americans.

Suicide Rate by Sex, 2011

In 2011, females had a lower suicide rate than males. The rate for males was almost four times the rate for females.

Females: 5.2 per 100,000 population (age adjusted)

Males: 20.0 per 100,000 population (age adjusted)

 

Data source: National Vital Statistics System — Mortality (NVSS-M), CDC/NCHS and Population Estimates, Census.

Healthy People 2020 Targets

Suicide

12.3 suicides per 100,000 population (age adjusted) in 2011.

Most Recent: 12.3

HP2020 Target: 10.2

17.1% decrease needed to meet the target.

Data source: National Vital Statistics System — Mortality (NVSS-M), CDC/NCHS and Population Estimates, Census.

Major Depressive Episodes

9.1% of adolescents reported having had a MDE in the past 12 months in 2012.

Most Recent: 9.1%

HP2020 Target: 7.5%

17.6% decrease needed to meet the target.

 

Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA