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MENTAL HEALTH

Mental health and substance use disorders together affect more than 25% of Americans aged 18 and over.

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DEPRESSION

12.5% of Somerset County residents reported a history of Depression in 2016*, up from 9.2% in 2012.

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ALCOHOL

In 2016*, the percentage of Somerset County residents reporting heavy drinking was higher than Hunterdon, Morris, and NJ rates.

* date of latest available data

OVERVIEW

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

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