Mental Health & Statistics

The teen and young adulthood years are a time of growth and transition, and the prevalence of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, and self-injury continue to rise. As a result, mental health and suicide awareness issues are at or near the top of every school administrator’s list of priorities.  The facts cannot be ignored – our country’s teens and young adults are struggling more than ever before.

On a positive note, despite being referred to as the “anxious generation,” today’s young people are actually much more likely to talk about mental health than their parents or grandparents. This generation is closer than ever to breaking the stigma around mental illness in a time when only 44 percent of adults—and less than 20 percent of children and adolescents—with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need.

“I’ve been struggling with depression and anxiety. The young adult speaker presentation made a big impact on me and made me realize that I can get through. I feel like I have the motivation to get help….the first step I’ll make will be to make an appointment with the counseling center.”

College Student

Suicide

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds and the 10th leading cause of death across all ages in the United States.  Every day, 123 people died from suicide in the United States.

Suicide is a major public health concern.  Suicide rates have increased by 33% in the last 20 years in the U.S., yet funding/research lags behind all other top leading causes of death.  The National Institute of Mental Health reports spending on cancer ($6 B), heart disease ($1.37B), Alzheimer’s ($1.36 B), and Diabetes ($1.1 B) all greatly surpass the $68M spent on suicide research.

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Americans died by suicide in 2018
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Estimated suicide attempts in 2018

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds

Over 70% of people who attempted suicide have an anxiety disorder

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255

39%

of college students experience significant mental health issues

80%

of teens with depression can be succesfully treated if they seek the right help

Anxiety & Depression

1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. An estimated 40 million adults in the US, or 18% of the population, have an anxiety disorder, while 16 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Meanwhile, one-half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, and three-quarters by the age of 24. Recent survey data indicate in the past year, three out of five college students experienced overwhelming anxiety, and two out of five students were too depressed to function.