Report: 1 in 5 American Adults Struggle With Mental Illness

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A jaw-dropping report this morning from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 1 in 5 American adults suffer from mental illness. The government survey documents nearly 46 million U.S. adults reported a mental illness in the past year. Worse yet was the finding that almost 30 percent of those aged 18-25 experienced a mental illness, twice as many as those aged 50 and older. Additionally, more women suffered from a mental illness in the last year - 23 percent compared to the men's 17 percent.

"These conditions are multifactorial," said Peter Delaney, director of SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies. "There are genetical issues, there are biological issues, there are social issues and also personal issues."

Other highlights in the report:
-39 percent of those with an illness received mental-health services
-8.7 million Americans had suicidal thoughts in the last year
-2.5 million made plans to kill themselves
-1.1 million attempted suicide
-One-fourth of those with serious mental illness were substance abusers

You can read the full report here.

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK.

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