SAMHSA’S new report tracks the behavioral health of America

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SAMHSA’S NEW REPORT TRACKS THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH OF AMERICA

A new Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report illuminates important trends — many positive — in Americans’ behavioral health, both nationally and on a state-by-state basis. SAMHSA’s new report, the National Behavioral Health Barometer (Barometer), provides data about key aspects of behavioral healthcare issues affecting American communities, including rates of serious mental illness (SMI), suicidal thoughts, substance use, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. The Barometer shows these data at the national level, and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Barometer indicates that the behavioral health of the nation is improving in some areas, particularly among adolescents. The Barometer also shows more people are getting the help they need in some crucial areas. Press Release:http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/201501261015

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