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Finding Health Statistics

Searching for mental health data - First Step

Search strategies for mental health data apply to all other health data. The first step is to think about which agency or organization will sponsor the collection of the data. Then you can use either the name of the agency/organization in a search query ("depression statistics AND CDC" or explore their websites to learn what datasets have been collected by them. Major agencies and organizations that collect mental health data are:

  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Institue of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • National Institue of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (JWJF)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Key Databases on Mental Health

Further Resources - AZ list, Webinars and More

  • National Health Interview Survey 2019: webinar

In 2019, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) included screening measures for anxiety and depression in adults and new questions about the receipt of mental health care among both school-aged children and adults. This webinar will highlight the release of new NCHS reports on anxiety and depression among adults and mental health treatment among children and adults, as well as recent experimental data on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic from the COVID-19 Household Pulse Survey.




  • Rising Suicide Rate: Examing Trends and Variations through State-level Data: webinar 

This webinar will investigate the suicide statistics using the National Vital Statistics System (by CDC) using WONDER (Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research) and State Health Compare (by SHADAC). 

Links to the recording and slides: webinar and slides