Mental Health in Oregon

Many struggle with their mental health in Oregon, as well as the rest of the country and world. Due to the prevalence of mental illness, it is important to spread awareness and education throughout the community.

Many mental health conditions were heightened by COVID-19 and how the world has changed due to it. With an increased number of individuals experiencing mental illnesses, now more than ever we must provide education and hope to those who are struggling.

The following information aims to help you understand the prevalence of mental health struggles in Oregon, as well as local resources.

Mental Health in Oregon  by the Numbers

For those struggling with a mental illness, you are not alone. It is important to understand the prevalence of mental health conditions, and the suicidal thoughts that might follow.

The following statistics on mental illness have been found by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Oregon and the United States as a whole.

(Statistics published in 2021)

  • 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness each year
  • 731,000 adults in Oregon have a mental health condition
  • 42% of adults in Oregon reported symptoms of anxiety or depression (February 2021)
  • 55,000 Oregonians age 12–17 have depression
  • 844 lives were lost to suicide in the last year in Oregon
  • 1,576,668 people in Oregon live in a community that does not have enough mental health professionals

Mental Health Resources in Oregon

Although the commonly fastest and most effective way to get mental health care is to see a healthcare provider through your insurance, not everyone has access to this resource. Oregon offers various resources for mental health that are open to all residents.

The following resources are provided by the Oregon State Government.

Crisis Lifeline

If you or a loved one is in a crisis, it is important to get help immediately. If in danger of suicide:

  • Call 911
  • Go to the nearest emergency room
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988

National Suicide Prevention Week