A survey about mental health and suicide in the United States

Date: 2015
(For resources, this is the publication date. For programs, this is the date posted.)


Type:  Report
Author:  Harris Poll
Publisher:  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance)

The Mental Health and Suicide Survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) between August 10-12, 2015 among 2,020 adults ages 18+. Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. The survey shows that about 9 in 10 adults (89%) feel that mental health and physical health are equally important for their own overall health and an overwhelming majority (93%) would do something if someone close to them was thinking about suicide. Nearly four in five (78%) would encourage them to seek help from a mental health professional/doctor/primary care professional/clergy. Three in five (61%) would call a crisis hotline for them/provide them with a phone number for a crisis hotline or other resource.