In 2000, the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions reported that the
demand for the services of child and adolescent psychiatry is projected
to increase by 100% between 1995 and 2020.
Source: AACAP, Department of Health and Human Services
Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth ages 15 to 24.
More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart
disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza and chronic
lung disease combined.1 More than 90% of children and
adolescents who commit suicide have a mental disorder.2
Sources: National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals
and Objectives for Action. Rockville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and
Human Services, Public Health Service, 2001; and Shaffer, D., &
Craft, L. “Methods of Adolescent Suicide Prevention.” Journal of
Clinical Psychiatry, 60 (Suppl. 2), 70-74, 1999.
States spend nearly $1 billion annually on medical costs associated
with completed suicides and suicide attempts by youth up to 20 years of
Source: NGA Center for Best Practices, Youth Suicide
Prevention: Strengthening State Policies and School-Based
Multiple studies indicate that 60 to 70% of youth detained in the
juvenile justice system met the diagnostic criteria for at least one
In Rhode Island, 75 out of every 100,000 youth between the ages of 10
and 15 reside in juvenile detention or correctional facilities.
Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention,
2006; Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Program, 2010
About 3% of U.S. adolescents are affected by an eating disorder, but
most do not receive treatment for their specific eating condition.
Source: Swanson SA, Crow SJ, LeGrange D, Swendsen J, Merikangas KR.
Prevalence and correlates of eating disorders in adolescents: results
from the National Comorbidity Survey Replication Adolescent Supplement. Archives
of General Psychiatry.
Approximately 50% of students ages 14 and older who are living with a
mental illness drop out of high school. This is the highest dropout rate
of any disability group.
Source: U.S. Department of Education, Twenty-third annual report
to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act, Washington, D.C., 2001.