Mental health and substance use disorders together affect more than 25% of Americans aged 18 and over.
12.5% of Somerset County residents reported a history of Depression in 2016*, up from 9.2% in 2012.
In 2016*, the percentage of Somerset County residents reporting heavy drinking was higher than Hunterdon, Morris, and NJ rates.
* date of latest available data
Behavioral health refers to a constellation of mental health and substance use disorders. These disorders are recurrent, serious and may co-occur, but they are treatable, and many people recover. Mental disorders are health conditions characterized by alterations in thinking, mood, and/or behavior associated with distress and/or impaired functioning. Substance abuse refers to a set of related conditions associated with the consumption of mind- and behavior-altering substances that have negative behavioral and health outcomes. Substance abuse has a major impact on individuals, families, and communities. The effects of substance abuse are cumulative, significantly contributing to costly social, physical, mental, and public health problems.
HOW WE’RE GETTING THERE
Address mental health and substance abuse concerns through treatment, prevention and health promotion.
- Reduce the prevalence of depression by 10% (from 12.5% to 11%) by December 31, 2021.
- Reduce the prevalence of substance abuse by 10% from 5.5% to 4.95% by December 31, 2021.