While the U.S. is meeting some of the health goals set by the CDC in 2010, it’s falling short in a number of areas, including mental health. The Huffington Post reports:
The report highlighted three areas in which the U.S. is moving in the opposite direction from the 2020 targets, two of which fell in the mental health category. Since 2007, the suicide rate has increased, from 11.3 suicides per 100,000 people to 12.6 suicides per 100,000 people in 2013, the report found. The number for the national suicide hotline is 1-800-273-8255.
In addition, the rate of depression in teens has increased, up from 8.3 percent in 2008 to 10.7 percent in 2013. The 2020 is goal is a reduction to 7.5 percent.
The last category in which the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction is oral health. In 2007, 44.5 percent of people ages 2 and older had been to the dentist in the previous year. By 2012, that number had fallen to 42.1 percent, the report said. The 2020 is goal is 49 percent.
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