Mental health statistics

  • 40.9% of Americans reported having a mental health or behavioral health condition as of June 2020, which went up from 20.6% in 2019 and 17.7% in 2008.1

  • In a comparison with 2019, Leeb et.al3 reported that hospital emergency departments treated 14% more cases of drug overdose, 6% more patients after a suicidal attempt, 24% more children, and 31% more adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis in 2020. Anxiety and depression spiked drastically in 2020, nearly three times and four higher respectively, than 2019.

  • The suicide hotline run by Substance Abuse and Mental Health services Administration received 891% more calls in March 2020 compared to March 2019

  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. PEP20-07-01-001). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from

  2. Leeb RT, Bitsko RH, Radhakrishnan L, Martinez P, Njai R, Holland KM. Mental Health-Related Emergency Department Visits Among Children Aged <18 Years During the COVID-19 Pandemic - United States, January 1-October 17, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2020;69(45):1675-1680. Published 2020 Nov 13. doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6945a3

  3. Levine, M. (2020, April 7). ABC News. Calls to US helpline jump 891%, as White House is warned of a mental health crisis.