Know the Facts

  • In DC, only one in nine youth experiencing addiction is referred for treatment. (
  • In DC, three out of every four children experiencing a mental health need do not get treatment. (
  • Nationally, one in four middle and high school students self-report symptoms of depression. And
  • On an average day during the past year, adolescents aged 12 to 17 used the following substances: 646,702 used marijuana; 457,672 drank alcohol; 6,747 used cocaine; and 5,602 used heroin. (
  • Students living with an untreated mental illness are more likely to drop out of school. (
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for persons ages 10 years and above. (
  • One in five adults are diagnosed with a mental illness. When children with untreated mental disorders become adults, they use more health care services and incur higher health care costs than other adults. (

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