Mental Health Statistics 2022
Updated: Jun 14
Mental health is one of the most prominent issues we face in the US and around the world. It affects people of all ages, genders, education levels, incomes and walks of life. Data shows that nearly one in five American adults suffers from a mental health disorder.
Living with a mental health disorder can feel isolating, but statistics show that people who experience these are not alone. Here are some figures about mental health, who it affects and how many people receive treatment:
Mental Health America (MHA) publishes an annual study, called The State Of Mental Health In America. Here are some key statistics from the 2022 report:
Over 50% of Americans living with a mental illness do not receive treatment for their disorder, leaving more than 27 million people without mental health care.
More than 60% of kids and young adults with major depression do not receive treatment. Even in states with good access to mental health care, almost one in three children do not get professional help.
The rate of substance abuse is increasing among adolescents and adults. An estimated 7.74% of adults and 4.08% of youth have been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder.
More than 8% of kids with private health insurance do not have coverage for mental health treatment.
Over 11% of Americans who suffer from a mental health disorder are uninsured. 2022 is the second consecutive year that this rate has increased since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed.
In the last year alone, more than 15% of youth experienced a major depressive episode.
White youth suffering from depression are the most likely to receive treatment. Asian youth are the least likely to receive treatment for their disorder.
The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) published the following mental health data points in 2022:
Mood disorders are the most common reason for hospitalization in the United States for people under age 45 (excluding maternity care).
An estimated 15.3% of United States veterans experienced a mental illness in 2019, which equates to roughly 31.3 million people.
Each year, 47.4% of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual suffer from mental health disorders.
High school students with severe depression symptoms are more than twice as likely to drop out, compared to their peers who do not suffer from depression.
About 17.3% of non-Hispanic black or African Americans are diagnosed with a mental health disorder each year. Only 37.1% of people in this demographic receive treatment.
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If you’re wondering how to get mental health help, these resources can help:
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