States Addressing Depression

Word cloud in the shape of a brain with words about depression. States are taking a variety of actions to address depression and other mental health issues. Depression is a complicated and generally treatable condition affecting 6.7 percent of American adults each year and approximately 10 percent of adolescents age 12 to 17.

People with depression may not realize they have it until someone else recognizes it or it gets severe. Direct and indirect costs, as well as social impacts on the family and workplace, cost the United States over $210 billion in 2010. 

Examples of Efforts

States have taken specific actions to address depression and major depressive disorders, from supporting awareness campaigns and establishing crisis diagnosis and treatment centers, to creating education and awareness campaigns for specific populations.  See the additional resources below for more examples.

Karmen Hanson covers mental health issues for NCSL.

Additional Resources