Here are some highlights from the Mississippi report based on data collected between 2008 and 2012:
- 7.0% of youths between 12 and 17 had a major depressive episode sometime during the year before the survey. Of these, only 32.5% received treatment.
- 3.4% of adults 18 and up reported serious thoughts of suicide during the year before they were surveyed.
- 4.2% of adults had a serious mental illness during the year before the survey.
- 66.7% of adults with any mental illness did not receive treatment.
- 8.9% of youths age 12-17 reported using illicit drugs during the month prior to the survey.
- 55% of youths age 12-17 perceived no significant risk from drinking 5 or more drinks once or twice a week.
- 5.3% of Mississippians age 12 and older met diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorders, and 2.6% met criteria for another substance-related disorder.
The report contains much more detailed information and should provide a useful way of tracking trends in substance use and mental health in Mississippi over time.