NEWS FROM APA’S CENTER FOR WORKFORCE STUDIES
Mental health service utilization among adults, 2014
YOUNG ADULTS ARE LESS LIKELY THAN OLDER ADULTS
TO USE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Fifteen percent of all U.S. adults ages 18 or older used mental health services of some kind in the preceding year—prescription medication, outpatient treatment/counseling or inpatient treatment/
counseling—according to a 2014 survey. 1, 2 That’s more than 35 million people. 3 But when broken down
by age group, young adults ages 18 to 25 used significantly fewer services than older age groups. 4
By Luona Lin, MPP, Karen Stamm, PhD, and Peggy Christidis, PhD. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Receipt of services for behavioral health problems: Results from the
2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Retrieved from www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DR-FRR3-2014/NSDUH-DR-FRR3-2014/NSDUH-DR-FRR3-2014.pdf
2Mental health service utilization was defined as “having received inpatient or outpatient treatment/counseling, or having used prescription medication for problems
with emotions, nerves, or mental health.” Treatment for drug or alcohol use was excluded.
3Sixty-six percent used one type of service, 31 percent used two types of services and 3 percent used all three types of services.
4Comparisons were statistically significant at p < 0.05. B I L
50+ 26-49 18-25 All Adults Age 18+
1 1 1 1 Inpatient Treatment/Counseling
Source: 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, SAMHSA
15% 15% 15% Any Mental Health Services 12%
13 13 14 Prescription Medication 9
7 8 6 Outpatient Treatment/Counseling 6