Alaska Adolescent Mental Health Facts
|Percent of high school students who report they felt sad or hopeless almost every day for 2 or more weeks in a row so that they stopped doing some usual activities (during the 12 months before the survey)||Alaska||United States|
|Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who report they had at least 1 major depressive episode 1 (during the 12 months before the survey)||Alaska||United States|
|Percent of high school students who report they seriously considered attempting suicide (during the 12 months before the survey)||Alaska||United States|
|Percent of high school students who report they attempted suicide 1 or more times (during the 12 months before the survey)||Alaska||United States|
|Percent of high school students who report they attempted suicide resulting in an injury, poisoning, or overdose that had to be treated by a doctor or nurse (during the 12 months before the survey)||Alaska||United States|
- All percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.
- National and state data sheets are updated annually. The specific timing of updates depends on the release schedule of the data sources cited for each topic.
- N/A: data are not available on this measure for this state.
- The National Survey on Drug Use and Health uses the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition's MH3 definition of a major depressive episode as having had five or more of the following nine symptoms nearly every day in the same 2-week period, where at least one of the symptoms is a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities: (1) depressed mood most of the day; (2) markedly diminished interest or pleasure in all or almost all activities most of the day; (3) significant weight loss when not sick or dieting, or weight gain when not pregnant or growing, or decrease or increase in appetite; (4) insomnia or hypersomnia; (5) psychomotor agitation or retardation; (6) fatigue or loss of energy; (7) feelings of worthlessness; (8) diminished ability to think or concentrate or indecisiveness; and (9) recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal ideation.
- High school data are from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). 1991-2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System data. Retrieved June 20, 2018, from https://nccd.cdc.gov/Youthonline/App/Default.aspx
- Depressive episode data are from: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). 2015-2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health State Prevalence Estimates – Individual Excel and CSV Files by Outcome. Table 30. Retrieved May 22, 2018, from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/data-we-collect/nsduh-national-survey-drug-use-and-health
- American Psychiatric Association (1994). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th Ed.). Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Association.
Content last reviewed on November 14, 2018