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, 2013
In 2013, females had a lower suicide rate than males. The rate for males was more than 3.5 times the rate for females.
Females: 5.5 per 100,00 population (age adjusted)
Males: 20.3 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
12.6 suicides per 100,000 population (age adjusted) in 2013
Most recent: 12.6
HP2020 Target: 10.2
19.0% decrease needed
Data source: National Vital Statistics System-Mortality (NVSS-M), CDC/NCHS; Population Estimates, Census
Major Depressive Episodes (MDE)
10.7% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years reported having had a MDE in the past 12 months of 2013
Most recent: 10.7%
HP2020 Target: 7.5%
29.9% decrease needed
Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA