NATIONAL SURVEY REVEALS 45.1 MILLION ADULTS IN THE U.S. EXPERIENCED MENTAL ILLNESS IN THE PAST YEAR

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According to new results from a national survey, 19.9 percent of American adults in the United States have experienced mental illness over the past year. The survey, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), indicates that 11 million adults in the U.S. suffered serious mental illness in the past year — a diagnosable mental disorder that has substantially interfered with, or limited one or more major life activities. SAMHSA’s 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reveals that 8.4 million adults in the U.S. had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year, 2.2 million made suicide plans, and 1 million attempted suicide.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1011180411.aspx

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