The SAMHSA report found:
- 3 percent of older teens had both a major depressive episode and a substance use disorder.
- 6.4 percent had any mental illness and a substance use disorder.
- 1.6 percent had a serious mental illness and a substance use disorder.
Teens with serious mental illness coupled with a substance use disorder are less likely to graduate, and are 1.4 times more likely to be unemployed. However, those who receive treatment for mental illness are more likely to graduate high school than those who do not.
“This new report demonstrates the critical need for treatment and other services that focus on older adolescents and young adults with mental and substance use disorders,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in a news release.