Combinations of types of mental health services received in the past year among young adults aged 18 to 25: NSDUH 2014
Without receipt of proper services, mental health problems can negatively affect all areas of a person's life.1 According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data, 11.9 percent of young adults aged 18 to 25 received mental health services in the past year. This represents an annual average of 4.1 million young adults—with 3.1 million young adults receiving prescription medication, 2.2 million receiving outpatient services, and 418,000 receiving inpatient services.2
Although 4.1 million young adults are receiving mental health services, some young adults receive only one type of service while others receive more than one type of service. Roughly 180,000 young adults aged 18 to 25 reported receiving all three types of mental health services in the past year (i.e., inpatient, outpatient, and prescription medication). About 1.1 million young adults who received mental health services in the past year reported that they received both prescription medication and outpatient services. Out of the 3.1 million young adults receiving prescription medication, 1.7 million reported receiving prescription medication with no other type of treatment. This means that roughly 2 out of 5 (42.3 percent) young adults who received mental health services in the past year are receiving prescription medication as their only mental health service.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides resources for those seeking mental health care services. Information about where to find mental health treatment is available at https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov.