Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Mental Health in Mississippi

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released their Behavioral Health Barometer: United States, 2013 report, as well as state-specific reports. The Behavioral Health Barometer: Mississippi, 2013 report provides information about substance use and mental health issues in our state and shows how we compare to the national averages.

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.