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Mental Health

Mental disorders are common in the United States.

  • In the U.S., about one in four adults and one in five children have diagnosable mental disorders (National Institute of Mental Health) External Web Site Icon.
  • Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability among ages 15-44 in the United States and Canada combined (National Institute of Mental Health) External Web Site Icon.
  • The cost of lost earnings alone due to major mental disorders in the United States is around $193 billion each year (Kessler et al., 2008).
Summary Table

This summary of Task Force findings to improve mental health or address mental illness can be used as a reference, included in presentations, or shared with colleagues.

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Collaborative Care Proven Effective for Managing Depressive Disorders

Task Force Says Laws Help Increase Access to Mental Health Care

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Summary of Community Guide Recommended Strategies: Evidence-Based Strategies to Manage Depressive Disorders [PDF - 345 kB]
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What Works - Fact Sheets

What Works Fact Sheet: Improving Women's Health pdf icon [PDF - Size 1.60 MB]

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Use this quick-read description of the Community Guide as a handout for presentations or as a stand-alone piece for exhibits, webinars, meetings, and conferences. [Two pages, designed to print front-and-back, head-to-head in color, on white 8.5" x 11" paper]


Kessler, RC, Heeringa S, Lakoma MD, Petukhova M, Rupp AE, Schoenbaum M, Wang PS, Zaslavsky AM. The individual-level and societal-level effects of mental disorders on earnings in the United States: results from the National Comorbidity Survey replication. American Journal of Psychiatry 2008;165:703-11.

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