Mental health service use among young adults aged 18 to 25 with any mental illness: 2014
According to data from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, among adults with any mental illness (AMI),1 young adults aged 18 to 25 are less likely to receive mental health services than adults aged 26 to 49 or adults aged 50 or older (33.6 vs. 44.2 or 49.9 percent, respectively).2
In 2014, about 2.4 million, or 33.6 percent, of young adults with AMI received mental health services such as inpatient services, outpatient services, or prescription medication in the past year. This means that about two-thirds (66.4 percent) of young adults with AMI are not receiving potentially needed mental health services. Of young adults with AMI, about 1 in 4 received prescription medication (25.5 percent) and 1 in 5 received outpatient services (21.3 percent). In the past year, 3.7 percent of young adults with AMI received inpatient services.
Because young adults with AMI are less likely to receive services than adults in other age groups, young adults may benefit from developmentally appropriate services to facilitate the transition to adulthood.3 Young adults with AMI may want to talk to a mental health care professional to find out what type of services would best meet their needs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides resources for those seeking mental health care services. For information on accessing treatment, please visit https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov.