Recently, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration released the Behavioral Health Barometer for the nation as well as individual states.  It provides data on rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, underage drinking, and the percentages of those seeking treatment for these disorders.  According to SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., “The Barometer is a dynamic new tool providing important insight into the ‘real world’ implications of behavioral health issues in communities across our Nation.  Unlike many behavioral health reports, its focus is not only on what is going wrong in terms of behavioral health, but what is improving and how communities might build on that progress.”

To download a copy of the Barometer for North Carolina, please click here.  The Barometer includes statistics and charts for youth substance abuse, youth mental health and treatment, mental health and treatment, substance use, and substance use treatment.