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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Prevalence of Mental Illness:
  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.-43.8 million, or 18.5%-experiences mental illness in a given year. 
  • Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.-9.8 million, or 4.0%-experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13-18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8-15, the estimate is 13%.
From the 2016 MetroWest Adolescent Health Survey:
 
  • Reports among MetroWest high school youth of feeling very stressed in the past month increased to 36% in 2016, versus 29% in 2012.
  • From 2014 to 2016, depressive symptoms among MetroWest high school youth declined from a high of 22% to 18%.
  • Reports of self-injury among MetroWest high school youth also declined from a high of 16% in 2012 to 13% in 2016.


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