How Are We Doing? The State of Mental Health in New York City

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How are we doing in the United States?

  • 20% of Adults have a Mental Health Condition.
  • Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015.
  • 76% of youth are left with no or insufficient treatment.
  • 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.

How are we doing with mental health in New York City?

  • 20% of adult New Yorkers are likely to experience a mental health disorder in any given year.
  • 8% of NYC public high school students report attempting suicide.
  • Consequences of substance misuse are among the leading causes of premature death in every neighborhood in New York City. Each year, 1,800 deaths and upwards of 70,000 emergency room visits among adults aged 18 to 64 can be attributed to alcohol use.
  • 73,000 New York City public high school students report feeling sad or hopeless each month.
  • Approximately 8% of adult New Yorkers experience symptoms of depression each year.
  • Major depressive disorder is the single greatest source of disability in NYC. At any given time over half a million adult New Yorkers are estimated to have depression, yet less than 40% report receiving care for it.
  • There are $14 billion in estimated annual productivity losses in New York City tied to depression and substance misuse.
  • Unintentional drug overdose deaths outnumber both homicide and motor vehicle fatalities.


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