CHA News Article

Report Provides ‘Barometer’ of Key Data on Behavioral Health

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has published the latest edition of its behavioral health barometer, which presents national data about the prevalence of behavioral health conditions. The data include the rate of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use and underage drinking, along with the percentages of those who seek treatment for these conditions. Data included in this report were gathered as part of the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services. Key findings include:

  • 8.8 percent of adolescents (defined as ages 12-17), an estimated 2.2 million people, reported using illicit drugs in the past month; marijuana and misuse of psychotherapeutic prescription drugs were the most commonly reported types.
  • From 2011 to 2015, the percentage of past month cigarette use in adolescents decreased from 7.8 percent to 4.2 percent.
  • While 12.5 percent of adolescents reported at least one major depressive episode in the past year, with 39.3 percent of those people receiving treatment, only 4 percent of adults reported similar events and 65.3 percent of those people reported receiving treatment.
  • In 2015, 4.7 percent of individuals aged 12 or older, an estimated 12.5 million individuals, reported misusing prescription drugs in the past year.