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70+ Mental Health Statistics in 2021

According to the WHO, approximately one in four people worldwide will develop a mental illness at some point in their lives. That’s why Shortlister collected over 50 mental health statistics in one place:

General Mental Health Statistics

  • In the United States in 2019, an estimated 51.5 million adults aged 18 or older were diagnosed with mental illness. This number constitutes 20.6% of all U.S. adults. (Samhsa, 2019)
  • Mental illness is higher among women (24.5%) than men (16.3%). (Samhsa, 2019)
  • The presence of mental illness was highest among the adults reporting two or more races (31.7%), followed by white adults (22.2%). The prevalence of mental illness was lowest among Asian adults (14.4%). (Samhsa, 2019)
  • In 2019, from 51.5 million adults with mental illness, 23.0 million (44.8%) received mental health services in the past year. (Samhsa, 2019)
  • In the United States in 2019, an estimated 51.5 million adults aged 18 or older were diagnosed with mental illness. This number constitutes 20.6% of all U.S. adults. (Samhsa, 2019)
  • Mental illness is higher among women (24.5%) than men (16.3%). (Samhsa, 2019)
  • The presence of mental illness was highest among the adults reporting two or more races (31.7%), followed by white adults (22.2%). The prevalence of mental illness was lowest among Asian adults (14.4%). (Samhsa, 2019)
  • In 2019, from 51.5 million adults with mental illness, 23.0 million (44.8%) received mental health services in the past year. (Samhsa, 2019)
  • More females with a mental disorder (49.7%) received mental health services than males with AMI (36.8%). (Samhsa, 2019)
  • In 2019, there were 13.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with a severe mental illness. This number constitutes 5.2% of all U.S. adults. (Samhsa, 2019)
  • The presence of severe mental illness was highest among the adults reporting two or more races (9.3%). The prevalence of severe mental illness was lowest among NH/OPI adults. (2.6%). (Samhsa, 2019)
  • In 2019, from 13.1 million adults with serious mental illness, only 8.6 million (65.5%) received treatment in the past year. (Samhsa, 2019)
  • 3.8% of U.S. adults had a re-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness in 2019 (9.5 million people). (Samhsa, 2019)
  • The delay between onset of mental illness and treatment is 11 years. (Ncbi 2004)
  • 10.9% of U.S. adults that were diagnosed with mental illness had no insurance coverage in 2019. (Samhsa, 2019)
  • 11.9% of U.S. adults with serious mental illness had no insurance coverage in 2019. (Samhsa, 2019)
  • 55% of U.S. counties do not have a single practicing psychiatrist. (Thenationalcouncil 2017)
  • People diagnosed with depression have a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than the general population. Patients with serious mental illness are two times more prone to develop these conditions. (Thelancet 2019)
  • 18.4% of U.S. adults with a mental disorder also had a substance use disorder in 2019 (9.5 million individuals). (Samhsa, 2019)
  • Unemployment is higher in U.S. adults who have a mental disease (5.8%) than those who do not (3.6%). (Samhsa, 2019.
  • In the U.S.8.4, million people take care of a person with a mental or emotional health issue. (Caregiving, 2016)
  • Caregivers of adults with mental health issues spend an average of 32 hours per week providing unpaid care. (Caregiving, 2016)
  • Severe mental illness causes $193.2 billion in lost earnings each year in the U.S. (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2010)
  • 20.5% of the people who are homeless in the U.S. have a severe mental health condition. (HUD, 2019)
  • 37% of adults that are incarcerated in prison have a diagnosed mental illness. (Bjs, 2017)
  • 41% of Veteran’s Health Administration patients have a diagnosed mental disorder or substance use disorder. (Mentalhealth, 2001-2014)
  • Each year, depression and anxiety disorders cost the global economy $1 trillion in lost productivity. (Mentalhealth, 2001-2014)
  • Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide. (Thelancet, 2016)
  • Suicide is the 2nd most common reason for death among people aged 10-34 in the U.S. (Nimh,2018)
  • Suicide is the 10th leading reason of death in the U.S. (Nimh,2018)
  • The suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999. (Nimh,2018)
  • 46% of people who commit suicide had a diagnosed mental health condition. (Cdc,2016)
  • 90% of people who commit suicide had shown symptoms of a mental health disorder, according to interviews with friends, family, and medical professionals (also known as a psychological autopsy). (Pubmed,2016)
  • Approximately 78% of people who die by suicide are male. (Webappa, 1981-2019)
  • Transgender adults are 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. (Transequality, 2016)
  • Lifetime presence of any anxiety disorder: 31.6%. (Ncbi, 2012)
  • The number of U.S. adults with anxiety disorders: 42.5 million. (Ncbi, 2012)
  • Past year prevalence of bipolar disorder: 1.8%. (Ncbi, 2012)
  • The number of U.S. adults with bipolar disorder: 3.3 million. (Ncbi, 2012)
  • 2.5% of U.S. adults experience bipolar disorder at some time in their lives. (Ncbi, 2012)
  • The percent of adults with major depression in the U.S. is 7.1%. This counts 17.3 million people. (Mhanationa, 2021)
  • Severe depression is one of the most common mental illnesses. (Mhanationa, 2021)

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Adolescent Mental Health Statistics

  • Adolescents aged 18-25 years had the highest presence of severe mental illness (8.6%) compared to adults age 26-49 years (6.8%) and aged 50 and older (2.9%). (Samhsa, 2019)
  • The percentage of adolescents aged 18-25 years with serious mental illness who received mental health treatment (56.4%) was lower than adults aged 26-49 years (65.1%) and aged 50 and older (74.3%). (Samhsa, 2019)
  • From adolescents with any mental disorder, 22.2% had severe impairment. DSM-IV-based criteria were used to detect impairment levels. (Samhsa, 2019)
  • Adolescents in detention are ten times more likely to suffer from psychosis than adolescents in the community. (Antoniocasella, 2017)
  • The percent of adolescents with severe depression is 9%. This counts 2 million people. (Mhanationa, 2021)
  • 22.2% of adolescents with any mental disorder had severe impairment. DSM-IV criteria were used to determine impairment level. (Mental Health Information, 2019)
  • Adolescents reporting symptoms of major depression increased by 52% from 2005 to 2017. From 2009 to 2017, it grew by 63% in adults ages 18 to 25. (Sciencedaily, 2019)
  • Between 2012 and 2015, depression in boys increased 21% and in girls 50%. (Child Mind Institute, 2015)
  • By 2015, 92% of teens and adolescents owned a smartphone. But, as the use of smartphones increased, so did feelings of depression. (Child Mind Institute, 2015)
  • 7.4% of children aged 3-17 (approximately 4.5 million) have a diagnosed behavior problem. (The Journal of pediatrics, 2019)
  • 7.1% of children aged 3-17 (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety. (The Journal of pediatrics, 2019)
  • 3.2% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 1.9 million) have been diagnosed with depression. (The Journal of pediatrics, 2019)

College Student Mental Health Statistics

  • High school students with severe depression are twice as likely to drop out compared to their peers. (Pubmed, 2018)
  • The number of college students aged 18-25 years with mental illness who received mental health services (38.9%) was lower than adults aged 26-49 years (45.4%). (National Institute of Mental Health, 2019)
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual young people are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than straight young people. (Cdc, 2019)
  • 63% of students say that their emotional health got worse when the COVID-19 pandemic started. (Jedfoundation, 2020)
  • 56% of students are very concerned with their ability to care for their mental health. (Activeminds, 2020)
  • Many students are dealing with anxiety (82%), followed by social isolation/loneliness (68%), depression (63%), trouble concentrating (62%), and difficulty coping with stress in a healthy way (60%). (Healthymindsnetwork, 2020)
  • One in five (19%) students had suicidal thoughts in the past month. (Healthymindsnetwork, 2020)

Social Media and Mental Health Statistics

  • Since the release of smartphones, mental health concerns have increased in children and young adults. The rate of adolescents reporting symptoms of major depression in a given year increased by 52% from 2005 to 2017. From 2009 to 2017, it grew by 63% in adults ages 18 to 25. (Sciencedaily, 2019)
  • More than one in three adults (38%) see social media use as harmful. Only 5% think that it’s only positive (American Psychiatric Association, 2019)
  • More than 3 hours on social media per day puts adolescents at a higher risk for mental health problems. (Etactics, 2020)
  • 13% of kids ages 12-17 report depression, and 32% report anxiety. (National center for (OASH, 2019)
  • 25% of 18 to 25-year-olds report mental illness. These age groups say high usage of social media. (OASH, 2019)
  • Around 86% of 18- to 29-year-olds use social media. Another 80% of people aged 30-49 and 64% of people aged 50-64 are on social media. Even one-third of adults over 65 use it, compared to just 10% in 2010. (Pew Research Center, 2017)
  • More than 3 hours on social media per day puts adolescents at a higher risk for mental health problems. (Etactics, 2020)
  • 13% of kids ages 12-17 report depression, and 32% report anxiety. (National center for (OASH, 2019)
  • 25% of 18 to 25-year-olds report mental illness. These age groups say high usage of social media. (OASH, 2019)
  • Since the release of smartphones, mental health concerns have increased in children and young adults. The rate of adolescents reporting symptoms of major depression in a given year increased by 52% from 2005 to 2017. From 2009 to 2017, it grew by 63% in adults ages 18 to 25. (Sciencedaily, 2019)
  • More than one in three adults (38%) see social media use as harmful. Only 5% think that it’s only positive (American Psychiatric Association, 2019)
  • Around 86% of 18- to 29-year-olds use social media. Another 80% of people aged 30-49 and 64% of people aged 50-64 are on social media. Even one-third of adults over 65 use it, compared to just 10% in 2010. (Pew Research Center, 2017)
  • Reducing social media use to even 30 minutes per day results in significantly lower levels of:

Fear of missing out (FOMO) (Helpguide, 2018)

  • An estimated 49.5% of young people had any mental disorder. (Samhsa, 2019)
  • 50.6% of U.S. young people aged 6-17 with a mental health disorder received medical care in 2016. (Jamanetwork,2016)
  • 70.4% of young people in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosed mental illness. (Ncyoj, 2020)
  • The percent of teenagers (aged 12-17) with major depression is 13%. This counts 3.1 million people. (Mhanationa, 2021)
  • Eight-graders who spend over 10 hours on social media per week are 56% more likely to report being unhappy than those who spend less time on social media. (Theatlantic, 2017)
  • 97% of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 have at least one account. (Mayoclinic, 2018)
  • Almost 25% of teens view social media as having a negative effect. (Pewresearch, 2018)

By analyzing the mental health statistics, we can see the nation’s mental health needs.
Although mental illness may be heritable, various factors contribute to developing a mental disorder. These factors need to be considered, so a healthcare professional can effectively diagnose and treat the mental illness.