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Understanding Injury in Behavioral and Mental Health Settings

February 2019
Executive Summary

Based on a 2016 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that 18% of adults in the U.S. had a mental illness in the previous year (National Institute for Mental Health, 2017). Prevalence varies across age groups, from 22.1% among young adults (18–25 years) to 21.1% among adults (26–49 years) and 14.5% among older adults (50+). Some of those living with mental illnesses may not even be aware of their condition; NIMH found that in the same year (2016), only 43.1% received mental health treatment.


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