Teen Mental Health Statistics [Sources Included]

At Ascend, we are committed to raising awareness about the importance of early mental health treatment for young people whenever possible. We’ve compiled this list of teen mental health statistics with sources and years noted so you can understand the early childhood warning signs, prevalence, and prevention treatments currently being used to treat mental illness in teens, adolescents, and children throughout the world.

Statistics on the importance of mental health care and early treatment

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Teen mental health statistics by poverty level

  • Children living below 100% of the federal poverty level experienced mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders (Centers for Disease Control, 2018)
  • Age and poverty level affected the likelihood that children would receive mental health services for their generalized anxiety disorder, major depression, or other mental, developmental, or behavioral disorder (Journal of Pediatrics, 2019).

Statistics related to child and adolescent mental health

  • 1 in 7 (14%) children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 years old worldwide experience a mental illness.
  • Depression is estimated to occur among 1.1% of adolescents aged between 10-14 years old and 2.8% of teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years old.
  • ADHD occurs in 3.1% of 10-14 year-olds and 2.4$ of 15-19 year-olds.

Source: (World Health Organization, 2021)

Statistics on college student mental health disorders

  • 79% of college students reported feeling moderate to high stress levels within the past 30 days.
  • 54% of college students experienced loneliness.
  • 29% of college students seriously considered students and 3% reported attempting suicide in the past year.
  • 12% of college students stated they had intentionally injured themselves within the past year.

Source: American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment (2022)

Statistics about mental health disorders

  • 22.8% of U.S. adults experienced a mental health disorder in 2021, which equates to 1 in 5 individuals.
  • 5.5% of people in the U.S. experienced severe depression and other mental health disorders in 2021. This equates to 14.1 million people or 1 in 20 adults.
  • 16.5% of teens and adolescents in the U.S. experienced a mental health disorder in 2016. This equates to approximately 7.7 million people.
  • 7.6% of U.S. adults had a dual diagnosis, which occurs when there is co-occurring substance use and mental illness.

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2021)

Occurrence of mental health disorders, by demographic groups

  • 16.4% of Non-Hispanic Asians experience a mental health disorder.
  • 18.1% of Non-Hispanic Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders experience mental health disorders.
  • 21.4% of Non-Hispanic Blacks and African Americans have a mental health disorder.
  • 20.7% of Hispanic and Latino individuals have a mental health disorder.
  • 23.9% of Non-Hispanic White individuals have a mental health illness.
  • 26.6% of Non-Hispanic American Indians and Alaska Natives are currently experiencing a mental health disorder.
  • 34.9% of Non-Hispanic mixed and multiracial individuals have a mental health disorder.
  • 50.2% of Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual individuals have a mental health disorder.

Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2021)

Mental health statistics about schizophrenia

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  • Schizophrenia is one of the top causes of disability worldwide (National Library of Medicine).
  • Schizophrenia is generally diagnosed between the late teen years (PubMed).
  • Prevalence of schizophrenia in the U.S. range between 0.25% and 0.64%, when measured using household-based surveys, clinical diagnostic interviews, and medical records (PubMed).
  • The prevalence of schizophrenia among non-institutionalized individuals ranges between 0.33% and 0.75% (National Library of Medicine).
  • 4.9% of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia die by suicide (PubMed).
  • Nearly half of individuals with schizophrenia also experience a substance use disorder (PubMed).

General statistics on common mental health disorders

  • The prevalence of any personality disorder was 9.1%. The prevalence of borderline personality disorder was 1.4% (PubMed, 2007)
  • Lifetime prevalence of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was 2.3% (Harvard Medical School, 2007)
  • When examining the lifetime prevalence of bipolar disorder among U.S. adolescents, it was discovered that 2.9% had bipolar disorder and 2.6% had severe impairment. (PubMed, 2010)
  • The prevalence of bipolar disorder among adults was similar between males (2.9%) and females (2.8%) (Harvard, 2007).
  • 4.4% of adults in the United States experience bipolar disorder at one time in their lives (Harvard, 2007)

Statistics related to children’s mental health disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • The total number of children ever diagnosed with ADHD ages 3-17 is 6 million (9.8%), based on a survey of parents between 2016 and 2019. This includes 265,000 children between 3-5 years old (2%), 2.4 million children between 6-11 years old (10%), and 3.3 million children between 12-17 years old (13%).
  • Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls (13% vs. 6%).
  • Black, non-Hispanic children (12%) and White non-Hispanic children (10%) are more frequently diagnosed with ADHD than Hispanic children (8%) and Asian, non-Hispanic children (3%).
  • Approximately 3 in 10 children with ADHD experience anxiety.
Percentage of children with ADHD and another disorder. Data Source: CDC

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019)

Statistics relating to suicide and mental health conditions

2020 Report from CDC on suicide as the leading cause of death In United States among certain age ranges.
  • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10-14 and 25-34.
  • Suicide was the third leading cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 24.
  • Suicide was the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 44.

Source Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WISQARS Leading Cause of Death Reports, 2020)

Mental health statistics on the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and high-risk populations

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