A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides an overview of the nature and scope of mental illness at the state level.
This report shows that, while the percentages vary, people in every state experience mental illness, SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in a news release. The findings from this report will help state and local public health officials and others address the mental health needs of the people in their communities.
The report focuses on people who experienced any mental illness and serious mental illness in the past year. The report uses measures of mental illness based on the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Mental Disorders.
Nationally, 42.5 million adult Americans (18.2%) experienced any mental illness in the past year. Among the states, levels ranged from 14.7% of adults in New Jersey to 22.3% of adults in Utah.
Serious mental illness, which causes substantial functional impairment (i.e., significantly interfering with or limiting a major life activity), affected 9.3 million adult Americans (4%) during the past year. Among the states the range of variation from 3.1% of adults in New Jersey to 5.5% of adults in West Virginia was less pronounced than for rates of overall mental illness.
The report, State Estimates of Adult Mental Illness for the 2011 and 2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, is based on information obtained from approximately 92,400 people ages 18 and older who responded to SAMHSAs 2011 or 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. All estimates are annual averages over the two-year period.