What does this measure?
The rate of individuals 18 and older reporting any mental illness or serious mental illness in the past 12 months.
Why is this important?
Mental illness can decrease one's ability to function in daily life and is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
How does our county compare?
In 2016-18, 4.3% of Lancaster County residents 18 and over reported mental illness, a slight decrease from 4.6% in 2014-16. The state rate was 4.4% in 2016-18 which increased from 4.1% in 2014-16.
The prevalence of mental illness in 2016-18 was smaller than Lancaster in Chester (3.8%); similar in Dauphin, Lebanon, and York (4.3%), which are part of the same region as Lancaster; and higher in Berks (4.8%) and Cumberland (5.1%).
Notes about the data
"Serious mental illness" is defined as a mental illness that resulted in serious functional impairment in carrying out major life activities. Data come from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health sponsored by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA combined three years of responses to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates.
For this indicator, the counties were defined by the "2016-2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health." Counties are grouped into substate regions and are regional estimates. The substate region referred to as Regions 4, 11, 37, and 49 is made up of the following counties: Berks, Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill, and Wayne. The substate region referred to as Regions n19, 26, 28, and 42 is made up of the following counties: Adams, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York.
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