People Receiving Mental Health Services in the United States

"For the 2013 reporting period, 45 states reported that a total of 5,576,659 individuals received mental health services; for the 2014 reporting period, 47 states reported that a total of 5,818,881 individuals received mental health services; for the 2015 reporting period, 45 states reported that a total of 5,311,897 individuals received mental health services; for the 2016 reporting period, 47 states reported that a total of 5,813,339 individuals received mental health services; for the 2017 reporting period, 48 states reported that a total of 5,934,383 individuals received mental health services; and for the 2018 reporting period, 48 states reported that a total of 6,213,791 individuals received mental health services.6

"Gender
"Tables 1.2a–b. Females accounted for between 51 and 52 percent of all individuals served in every reporting period between 2013 and 2018.

"Age group
"Tables 1.2a–b. In all six reporting periods from 2013 through 2018, between 28 and 30 percent of individuals served were aged 17 years and younger; between 10 and 11 percent were aged 18 to 24 years; 46 percent were aged 25 to 54 years; and between 14 and 15 percent were aged 55 years and older. The most frequently reported diagnoses among specific age groups were relatively consistent across the six reporting periods [Tables 1.4a–1.7b].

"Race and ethnicity7
"Tables 1.3a–b. For each of the reporting periods from 2013 through 2018, Whites represented between 67 and 68 percent of the individuals served; Blacks or African Americans represented between 20 and 21 percent; and American Indians or Alaska Natives, Asians, Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, and other groups, combined, represented between 12 and 13 percent.8

"Hispanics accounted for between 15 and 17 percent of all individuals served in each of the six reporting periods from 2013 through 2018.

"Table 1.23b. Blacks or African Americans accounted for 20 percent of individuals served in the 2018 reporting period but just 13 percent of the 2018 U.S. population.9

"Marital status
"Tables 1.8a–b. Among individuals aged 18 years and older in each reporting period from 2013 through 2018, more than half reported never being married (ranging between 55 and 60 percent); those who were married at the time of reporting ranged between 15 and 18 percent.

"Tables 1.22a–c. Among individuals aged 25 to 54 years served in the 2018 reporting period, 16 percent were currently married. In contrast, 57 percent of the 2018 U.S. population in that age group were currently married.10

"Living arrangements
"Tables 1.8a–b. Individuals living in a private residence accounted for between 83 and 85 percent of those served in the six reporting periods from 2013 through 2018; between 3 and 4 percent reported being homeless.

"SMI/SED status
"Tables 1.9a–b. Individuals with serious mental illness (SMI) accounted for between 72 and 78 percent of individuals aged 18 years and older who were served in any of the six reporting periods from 2013 through 2018. Children and adolescents aged 17 years and younger who had, or were at risk for, serious emotional disturbance (SED) accounted for between 70 and 76 percent of individuals aged 17 years and younger who were served in any of the six reporting periods from 2013 through 2018."

Source: 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Mental Health Annual Report: 2013–2018. Use of Mental Health Services: National Client-Level Data. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2020.
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