Mental health issues among those who served in U.S. military 2015-2016, by gender

Percentage of those who served in the military who reported select mental health concerns in 2015-2016, by gender

Mental health issues among those who served in U.S. military 2015-2016, by gender This statistic shows the percentage of those who have served in the U.S. military who had select mental health concerns as of 2015-2016, by gender. It was found that 30.6 percent of women who had served in the military suffered from some mental illness compared to 16.2 percent of men who had served.
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Percentage of those who served in the military who reported select mental health concerns in 2015-2016, by gender

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Women who servedMen who served
Any mental illness30.6%16.2%
Anxiety19.2%8.6%
Depression24.4%15.1%
Frequent mental distress15.2%10.7%
Suicidal thoughts7%4.7%
Women who servedMen who served
Any mental illness30.6%16.2%
Anxiety19.2%8.6%
Depression24.4%15.1%
Frequent mental distress15.2%10.7%
Suicidal thoughts7%4.7%
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This statistic shows the percentage of those who have served in the U.S. military who had select mental health concerns as of 2015-2016, by gender. It was found that 30.6 percent of women who had served in the military suffered from some mental illness compared to 16.2 percent of men who had served.
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Release date
October 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
2015 and 2016
Number of respondents
around 400,000
Age group
18 years and older
Method of interview
Telephone interview
Supplementary notes
Data do not distinguish between those currently serving and those who have been discharged, the nature of discharges, involvement in active combat, or the era in which one served.
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