The kids are not all right: 10 states with the highest youth depression rates

In the U.S., 15.1 percent of children aged 12-17 reported experiencing at least one episode of major depression in 2022, a 1.2 percent increase from last year, according to a report by Mental Health America.

The "State of Mental Health in America 2022" report used survey information from all 50 states and Washington D.C., to assess the state of mental health in the U.S.

Nationally, 3,755,000 children experienced depression in the last year. Here are the states with the highest rates of depression in children ages 12 to 17, using the most recent data available.

State

Rate of depression in youth

No. of children with diagnosable depression

  1. Oregon

18.6 percent

55,000

  1. New Mexico

18.6 percent

31,000

  1. Washington

18.2 percent

99,000

  1. Alaska

17.9 percent

10,000

  1. Nevada

17.9 percent 

42,000 

  1. Utah

17.8 percent

56,000 

  1. Wyoming

17.6 percent

8,000

  1. Idaho

17.4 percent*

27,000

  1. Arizona

17.4 percent*

98,000

  1. Oklahoma

17 percent

54,000

*Idaho's rate is 17.44 percent while Arizona's rate is 17.41 percent.





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