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Mental Health

Mental Health is essential to an individual’s well-being, interpersonal relationships, and the ability to live a full and productive life. Unfortunately, the burden of mental illness in the United States is among the highest of all diseases. Improving mental health through prevention strategies and ensuring access to mental health services can improve the overall health of many Americans.

Related Disparities

Suicide Rate by Race/Ethnicity

In 2010, the suicide rates for the American Indian or Alaska Native and the white non-Hispanic populations were twice as high and almost three times as high as the rate for the black non-Hispanic population, respectively.

5.4 Black, non-Hispanic
10.8 American Indian or Alaska Native
15.0 White, non-Hispanic
6.2 Asian or Pacific Islander
5.9 Hispanic or Latino
All data are per 100,000 population (age adjusted)


Suicide Rate

In 2010, there were 12.1 suicides per 100,000 (age adjusted). 

12.1 2010
10.2 2020 Target
15.7% Decrease needed

Major Depressive Episode

In 2011, 8.2% of adolescents aged 12–17 years reported having had a major depressive episode (MDE) in the past 12 months. 

8.2% 2011
7.5% 2020 Target
8.5% Decrease needed