One in 10 Children Has Mental Illness; State by State Figures; Are Candidates Addressing the Facts?

Oct 12, 2010, 13:00 ET from National Alliance on Mental Illness

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One in ten children has a mental health condition that causes significant impairment and more than half of all lifetime cases begin by age 14, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reported today, but only one-third get the help they need..

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As part of an Election 2010 series, NAMI released state by state estimates of the number of children and adolescents ages 10-17, reminding editors, reporters, bloggers and others to ask candidates for public office to address the facts about mental illness in their states and communities.

See State Data Below

  • One in ten children has a serious mental health condition, but only one-third receive treatment.
  • Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and three-quarters begin by age 24.
  • On average, eight to 10 years pass from when symptoms of mental illness begin to when they get treatment.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24.

During the nation's recession, mental health services for children and adolescents have faced devastating state budget cuts. Congress has some responsibility to help strengthen state mental health care systems. Federal mental health block grants have been reduced or frozen over the past 10 years.

Estimate of children with serious mental health conditions by state;

10 percent of children aged 10-17

ALABAMA

51000

ALASKA

8000

ARIZONA

73000

ARKANSAS

31000

CALIFORNIA

422000

COLORADO

52000

CONNECTICUT

39000

DELAWARE

9000

D.C.

5000

FLORIDA

181000

GEORGIA

111000

HAWAII

12000

IDAHO

18000

ILLINOIS

142000

INDIANA

71000

IOWA

32000

KANSAS

31000

KENTUCKY

45000

LOUISIANA

49000

MAINE

13000

MARYLAND

62000

MASSACHUSETTS

67000

MICHIGAN

112000

MINNESOTA

56000

MISSISSIPPI

34000

MISSOURI

65000

MONTANA

10000

NEBRASKA

20000

NEVADA

28000

NEW HAMPSHIRE

14000

NEW JERSEY

93000

NEW MEXICO

22000

NEW YORK

204000

NORTH CAROLINA

99000

NORTH DAKOTA

6000

OHIO

124000

OKLAHOMA

39000

OREGON

39000

PENNSYLVANIA

129000

RHODE ISLAND

11000

SOUTH CAROLINA

48000

SOUTH DAKOTA

9000

TENNESSEE

66000

TEXAS

288000

UTAH

34000

VERMONT

6000

VIRGINIA

82000

WASHINGTON

71000

WEST VIRGINIA

18000

WISCONSIN

60000

WYOMING

5000



Source: US Public Health Service, Report of the Surgeon General's Conference on Children's Mental  Health: A National Action Agenda. Washington, DC: Department of Health and Human Services, 2000. And US Census Bureau, 2008 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates, Table B01001.

Previous NAMI Election Alerts

  1. State Grades: 21 Ds, 6 Fs
  2. State Suicide Rates
  3. Top 10 States; Mental Health Cuts
  4. Number of People w/ Mental Illness in Each State; Percent Served by SMHA
  5. Disability Income and State Housing Costs

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy. NAMI is a non-partisan, non-profit organization and does not endorse political candidates.

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