Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent. 1
Seventy percent of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20 percent live with a severe mental illness. 2
One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by age 24 . 3
Over 50 percent of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older who are served by special education drop out−the highest dropout rate of any disability group. 4
Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. (more common than homicide) and the third leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24 years. 5
1. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.). Any Disorder Among Children. Retrieved March 5, 2013,fromhttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/statistics/1ANYDIS_CHILD.shtml
2. Skowyra, K.R. & Cocozza, J.J. (2007) Blueprint for Change: A Comprehensive Model for the Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Needs in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System. The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice; Policy Research Associates, Inc. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Delmar, N.Y: The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice; Policy Research Associates, Inc.
3. Kessler, R.C, et al. (2005). Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of DSM-IVdisorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62(6), 593-602.
4 U.S. Department of Education. (2006). Twenty-eighth annual report to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2006, Vol. 2.Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education.
5. McIntosh, J.L.. & Drapeau, C.W. (for the American Association of Suicidology). (2012). U.S.A. suicide: 2010official final data. Washington, D.C: American Association of Suicidology.