Shocking depression statistics from a report generated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) draw attention to the mental health of individuals residing in the state of Florida. Figures derived from this analysis consider such factors as age, severity of mental illness and whether or not treatment has been provided.
What are SMI, MDE & AMI?
SMI – Serious Mental Illness
Refers to adults (age 18 or older) who currently, or at any time over the past year, have achieved a diagnosis of mental, emotional or behavioral disorder, which resulted in serious functional impairment, causing interference with major life activities.
MDE – Major Depressive Episode
Specifies a period of at least two weeks in the past year during which an individual experienced a depressed mood, normally accompanied by loss of interest or joy in daily activities, and expressed the majority of specified depression symptoms.
AMI – Any Mental Illness
Refers to adults (age 18 or older) who currently, or at any time over the past year, have achieved a diagnosis of mental, emotional or behavioral disorder, regardless of their level of functional impairment.
Florida Depression Statistics
The following data points are taken from SAMHSA’s most recent report, showing 2009-2013 percentages:
- • 9% or 120,000 adolescents (ages 12-17) per year experienced at least one MDE within the year prior to being surveyed.
- • 31% or 37,000 adolescents (ages 12-17) per year received treatment for their depression at some point within the year prior to being surveyed.
- • 3.4% or 493,000 adults per year had serious suicidal thoughts within the year prior to being surveyed.
- • 3.6% or 525,000 adults per year had SMI within the year prior to being surveyed.
- • 36.3% or 880,000 adults with AMI per year received counseling or treatment within the year prior to being surveyed.
- • 76.8% of both adolescent and adult samples reported improved functioning from treatment received in the Public Mental Health System in 2013.
- • Among adults in the Public Mental Health System in 2013, the following were not in the labor force: 47.6% (ages 18-20), 30.5% (ages 21-64) and 72.1% (ages 65 or older).
How AMHC Can Help
Organizations working to improve the well-being of the community like Advantage Mental Health Center (AMHC) offer integrated healthcare services in order to optimize the recovery potential of each individual, improving quality of life. Services focused on mental health treatment include general psychiatry with specialized programs and paths for each specific disorder. AMHC, in particular, reaches out to residents of Pinellas County and the state of Florida.
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