By the numbers: Mental illness and addiction in Oklahoma

By the numbers: Mental illness and addiction in Oklahoma
Published: January 22, 2014

At a glance

Prevalence of mental illness and addiction in Oklahoma

• 21 percent of Oklahomans report having a mental illness in the past year

• 12 percent of Oklahomans report having a substance abuse disorder in the past year

• Between 700,000 and 950,000 Oklahomans suffer from these issues

Oklahomans in need of mental health treatment

• 70 percent of adult Oklahomans and 40 percent of Oklahoma youth who need mental health treatment do not receive it

Oklahomans in need of substance abuse treatment

• 77 percent of adult Oklahomans and 80 percent of Oklahoma youth who need substance abuse services do not receive them

Additionally

• In Oklahoma, mental disorders are the third leading cause of chronic disease.

• Deaths due to suicide are increasing, jumping from 567 in 2009 to 618 in 2010.

• Whereas many Oklahomans live, on average, to 72 years of age, Oklahomans with mental illnesses live, on average, to 58. The average Oklahoman with a substance abuse issue lives to 43. And for the Oklahomans with both mental health and substance abuse issues, they live, on average, to 41.

Source: The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services