Quick Facts

Mental health and life satisfaction matter and can promote overall health, well-being, and resilience.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.’1 It is estimated that only about 17% of U.S adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health.2 There is emerging evidence that positive mental health is associated with improved health outcomes.”

You can learn more about mental health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

NCHS Data Brief No. 303. See PDF.

Citation above from:

  • World Health Organization. Strengthening Mental Health Promotion. Geneva, World Health Organization (Fact sheet no. 220), 2001.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1999.

Effective psychological therapies can help people improve their health.

Evidenced based psychological treatments can promote health (including mental health), according to research findings. You can find a listing and description of such evidenced based psychological treatments at the Society of Clinical Psychology website.

Cognitive behavioral therapy can help people reach their goals and become healthier.

Cognitive behavioral therapy or “CBT” is an evidence based psychological intervention that helps people understand how emotions, thoughts, and other behaviors are linked. Through such learning people improve behavioral, social, and medical issues and promote health.

You can find a listing of cognitive behavioral therapists and trainers in your area as well as the types of problems they address at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies website.

Depression is a common and treatable problem which interferes with overall health and functioning. If you think you are depressed you are not alone. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1:

  • During 2013–2016, 8.1% of American adults aged 20 and over had depression in a given 2-week period.
  • Women (10.4%) were almost twice as likely as were men (5.5%) to have had depression.
  • About 80% of adults with depression reported at least some difficulty with work, home, and social activities because of their depression.

Read full report on depression in the U.S.

Citation above from:

  • Brody DJ, Pratt LA, Hughes J. Prevalence of depression among adults aged 20 and over: United States, 2013–2016. NCHS Data Brief, no 303. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2018.

While some anxiety is normal and optimal arousal can actually boost performance, if anxiety is frequent and intense it can also interfere with functioning and health.

You can learn more about anxiety and its treatment at the National Institute of Mental Health website.

Seeking treatment for depression and other mental health problems is as important as your annual physical. Include routine psychological and psychiatric care to maintain or improve your health.

You can learn more about the symptoms of depression and its treatment at: