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National Mental Health Survey Data Now Available

Publication Date: Feb 13, 2019

The 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data is now available, along with the Key Substance Abuse and Mental Health Indicators summary report. In SAMHSA’s presentation of the data, Assistant Secretary Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz presents data trends and describes how SAMHSA is responding. Mental health takeaways include:

  • Youth of transition age (18-25) have increasing rates of serious mental illness (SMI), major depression, and suicidality
  • 33% of all adults, and 42% of young adults, experiencing SMI receive no treatment
  • Co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health challenges are common

These data point to the need for mental health services for youth and young adults, a specialty area of the Pacific Southwest MHTTC.