A federal report also found many affected aren’t being treated
Almost one in five American adults—that’s 43.8 million people—had a diagnosable mental illness in 2013, according to a report from federal officials.
The report, based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, found that 10 million adults had a serious mental illness, 15.7 million had major depressive episodes, 9.3 million had serious thoughts of suicide, 2.7 million made suicide plans and 1.3 million attempted suicide.
Treatment for mental illness was also found lacking. Nearly 3 million children aged 12 to 17 suffered major depression in 2013, but only about 38 percent received treatment. That same year, only 34.6 million adults received mental health care, a rate virtually unchanged from 2012.
“It is a serious issue that millions of Americans are needlessly affected by mental illness when they can get effective treatment to restore their well-being,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said in a release. “Now more than ever, people can get the help they need to recover from mental disorders and live full, active lives—they just need to take the first step and seek help.”