Infographics at SAMHSA
SAMHSA encourages the strategic use of infographics when the message is more visual in nature and requires more than text, data or charts to communicate successfully to the target audience.
Infographics (Information Graphics) are visual representations of data, information or knowledge that tell a story through visual communication. Download the full images using the thumbnails below or link to the individual Infographics on your websites, social network profiles, and blogs.
This JPEG file can be used on websites. Click on the thumbnail image to open the full size image viewer. Right click on the image to save it or use the associated embed code in your HTML.
Behavioral health issues affect millions of adolescents and adults in the United States with about 1 in 5 adults, aged 18 or older, having a mental illness. In 2014, of the nearly 44 million adult Americans with a mental illness, only about 45%, or 19.4 million, received mental health services in the past year.
Millions of adolescents and adults (ages 12 and older) are impacted by substance use disorders in the United States. Tobacco use, illicit drugs, and underage drinking are the most common forms of substance use among adolescents and adults. While tobacco use and underage drinking has been steadily decreasing since 2002, the use of illicit substances has been increasing. Of the estimated 22.5 million people in the past year who needed treatment for substance use, only 12% received treatment at a specialty facility.
In the United States, 10% of 12-year-olds say they have tried alcohol. By age 15, that number jumps to 50%. The sooner parents talk to their children about alcohol, the greater chance they have in influencing their decision to drink.
In the United States, more than 20% of youth begin drinking before age 13. Among 12- to 14-year-olds, 92% consume alcohol in the form of binge drinking. For high school seniors, more than 90% say that access to alcohol is easy. Parents should talk to their children early and often about the dangers of alcohol. They have the power to prevent underage drinking.
Underage drinkers tend to drink less often than adults, but when they do drink, their drinking is heavier. Underage drinkers on average consume 5 drinks per occasion, 5 times a month. When asked about the last time they drank, 23% of underage drinkers said they had 1 drink, 24.3% had 3 or 4 drinks, and 24% had 5 to 8 drinks. Parents have the power to prevent underage drinking and should talk to their children early and often about the dangers of alcohol.
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