Mental HealthUnited States
Mental health is an important part of Americans' overall health and well-being. Mental illnesses are conditions that affect a person's thoughts, feelings, moods, or behaviors. They include anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. A mental illness may be chronic—meaning it lasts a long time—and can deeply affect Americans' day-to-day life.
State-level data from the National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services administration, shows prevalence estimates for various health conditions and behaviors. (The percentages below are for adults ages 18 and older, for the period 2016-2017.)
Any Mental Illness in the Past Year
Serious Mental Illness
Serious Thoughts of Suicide
Suicides in the United States
Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages. According to the CDC, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans overall and the second leading cause of death among young people aged 10–34. Mortality data from the CDC's Wonder database shows detailed trends and demographic breakdowns of the national suicide rate.
Individuals, the media, and public health departments all have important roles to play in reducing the risk of suicide. The CDC released a technical package (pdf) of suicide-prevention policies, programs, and practices. Individuals interested in learning more about suicide can visit the National Suicide Prevention Hotline's website, Be the One to Save a Life.
About the Data
• Prevalence data is from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The data is an estimate based on a two-year period.
• Suicide data is from CDC Wonder, queried based on the following parameters: underlying cause of death, ICD-10 codes: X60-X84, Y87.0.