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Missouri Among National Leaders in Mental Illness Rates

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​Yesterday, we reported on the surprisingly low percentage of drug and alcohol use in Missouri, based on the latest state-by-state data released each year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Today we'll use that same report to to illuminate an area in which Missouri is a leader: mental illness.

Among the thirteen mental-health categories measured in the study, Missouri ranked significantly higher than average in nine of them.

In three categories, Missouri was near the very top of the list:

  • "Serious Mental Illness in Past Year among Persons Aged 18 to 25" (Rhode Island is the highest.)
  • "Any Mental Illness in Past Year among Persons Aged 18 to 25" (Missouri is tied with Maine for the No. 3 spot; Utah is No. 1.)
  • "Had at Least One Major Depressive Episode in Past Year among Persons Aged 18 to 25" (Rhode Island is the highest)

The findings are based on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2008 and 2009 for adults aged 18 or older. (Estimates of depression among youths aged 12 to 17 also are included.)

Missouri also ranked high in the following categories:

  • "Serious Mental Illness in Past Year among Persons Aged 18 or Older"
  • "Serious Mental Illness in Past Year among Persons Aged 26 or Older"
  • "Any Mental Illness in Past Year among Persons Aged 18 or Older"
  • "Had at Least One Major Depressive Episode in Past Year among Persons Aged 18 or Older"
  • "Had at Least One Major Depressive Episode in Past Year among Youths Aged 12 to 17"
  • "Had at Least One Major Depressive Episode in Past Year among Persons Aged 26 or Older"

That said, the report suggests that Missourians don't seem to have as many serious thoughts about suicide as people in other states.

Other national findings highlighted by the authors of the report:

  • 4.6 percent of adults aged 18 or older had serious mental illness in the past year. Rhode Island had the highest rate (7.2 percent), while Hawaii and South Dakota shared the lowest rate (3.5 percent).
  • The national rate of past year "any" mental illness among adults aged 18 or older was 19.7 percent. The highest rate occurred in Rhode Island (24.2 percent), while the lowest rate was in Maryland (16.7 percent). Across age groups, the highest rate of past year any mental illness was among 18 to 25 year olds (30.5 percent nationally).
  • 3.7 percent of adults aged 18 or older in the United States had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year. State-level estimates ranged from 2.8 percent in Georgia to 5.4 percent in Utah. The District of Columbia was the only State with a rate in the lowest fifth among 18 to 25 year olds and in the highest fifth among persons aged 26 or older.
  • 6.5 percent of adults aged 18 or older had a major depressive episode (i.e., depression) in the past year. This rate was unchanged from 2007-2008 (6.6 percent). Estimates at the State level ranged from 5.2 percent in Pennsylvania to 9.5 percent in Rhode Island. In addition, 8.2 percent of youths aged 12 to 17 experienced depression nationwide during the past year. These rates ranged from 6.8 percent in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania to 10.3 percent in Oregon.

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KITTY
KITTY

A BETTER TITLE FOR HIS ARTICLE WOULD BE: MISSOURI LAWMAKERS LEAD THE NATION WITH THE HIGHEST MENTAL ILLNESS RATES OF ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS. AND THE  CARNAHANS LEAD THE PACK!

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