DEPRESSION - STATISTICS

Statistics from ACHA Survey 2007 - Stony Brook University

52% reported feeling so depressed that it was difficult to function at least once in the past school year, over 10% felt that way more than 10 times last year.

16% seriously considered suicide in the past year.

2.5% reported attempting suicide in the past year.

13% diagnosed with depression.

Statistics from American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2007)

More American adults suffer from depression (over 19 million) than coronary heart disease (7 million), cancer (6 million), and AIDS (200,000) combined.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students.

70% of youth who make a suicide attempt are frequent users of alcohol and/or other drugs (in states where drinking age was raised from 18 to 21, the suicide rate for 18-20 year-olds decreased).

Every day, approximately 80 Americans take their own life and 1500 more attempt to do so.

Fewer than half of all Americans consider depression to be a health problem and more than 40% consider it a sign of personal weakness.