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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, 2014
In 2014, females had a lower suicide rate than males. The rate for males was more than 3.5 times the rate for females.
 
Males: 20.7 per 100,000 population (age adjusted)
Females: 5.8 per 100,000 population (age adjusted)
 
Data source: National Vital Statistics System-Mortality (NVSS-M), CDC/NCHS; Bridged-Race Population Estimates, CDC/NCHS and Census.
 
HEALTHY PEOPLE 2020 TARGETS
 
Suicides
In 2014, there were 13.0 suicides per 100,000 population (age adjusted).
Healthy People 2020 Target: 10.2 suicides per 100,000 population (age adjusted)
21.5% decrease needed.
Data source: National Vital Statistics System-Mortality (NVSS-M), CDC/NCHS; Bridged-Race Population Estimates, CDC/NCHS and Census.
 
Major Depressive Episodes (MDE)
In 2013, 10.7% of adolescents aged 12–17 years had an MDE in the past 12 months. 
Healthy People 2020 Target: 7.5%
29.9% decrease needed.
Data source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), SAMHSA.