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One in five adult Americans reported mental illness in 2009.

Office of Applied Studies, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and RTI International

A study carried out by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests that roughly one in every five adult Americans (20%) suffered from mental illness in 2009. In a survey of 67,500 adults over the course of the year, it was discovered that of the 45 million Americans who suffered from mental illness last year, 11 million suffered serious illness and 8.4 million contemplated suicide. About 20 percent of all mental illness patients also reported a dependency on drugs or alcohol, with that number increasing to 25.7 percent for the severe cases,

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Title Annotation:noted studies
Publication:Policy & Practice
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2011
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