How many people struggle with mental health concerns?
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Some 73 million Americans are living with mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).1 An estimated 46 million are battling substance dependence.2 Additionally, data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that more than 100,000 overdose deaths occurred in 2021, a 15 percent increase over 2020 figures.3 Nearly 46,000 people died by suicide in 2020. Overall, 1.2 million people attempted suicide that year.4 See Is there a Mental Health Crisis in America?
1. Anxiety & Depression Association of America (n.d.). https://adaa.org/
2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2022 December). Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. P. 1. Department of Health and Human Services. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/reports/rpt39443/2021NSDUHFFRRev010323.pdf
3. National Center for Health Statistics (2022, May 11). US Overdose Deaths in 2021 Increased Half as Much as in 2020 – But are Still Up 15%. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/nchs_press_releases/2022/202205.htm
4. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2020). Suicide Statistics. https://afsp.org/suicide-statistics/