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Mental Health

A majority of young women 54% report feeling anxious “all the time” or “frequently

Anxiety remains nearly universal among young Americans, despite progress on vaccinations and the easing of restrictions

2-in-3 young Americans say they are emotionally exhausted or burned out

Mental Health isn't working at work. 55% of young people do not feel comfortable discussing their mental health

People go more than a decade between when they start to exhibit symptoms and when or if they get help

Help Found
10 Years

Physical Health

These barriers to accessing health services lead to:

  • Unmet health needs

  • Delays in receiving appropriate care

  • Inability to get preventive services

  • Hospitalizations that could have been prevented

Examples of biological and genetic social determinants of health include:

  • Age

  • Sex

  • HIV status

  • Inherited conditions, such as sickle-cell anemia, hemophilia, and cystic fibrosis

  • Carrying the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, which increases risk for breast and ovarian cancer

  • Family history of heart disease

Barriers to accessing health services include:

  • Lack of availability

  • High cost

  • Lack of insurance coverage

  • Limited language access

Examples of individual behavior determinants of health include:

  • Diet

  • Physical activity

  • Alcohol, cigarette, and other drug use

  • Hand washing

Social determinants of health reflect the social factors and physical conditions of the environment in which people are born, live, learn, play, work, and age. Poor health outcomes are often made worse by the interaction between individuals and their social and physical environment.

Determinants of Health | Healthy People 2020


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