SAMHSA data show depression rates triple among adolescent girls: A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that between the ages of 12 and 15, the percentage of girls reporting a past-year major depressive episode triples—from 5.1% to 15.2%. According to combined data from the 2008 to 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an average of 1.4 million girls ages 12 to 17 experienced a major depressive episode each year. This group was three times more likely than their male counterparts to have a major depressive episode (12% versus 4.5%). “It is crucial that we provide adolescent girls the coping skills and social supports they need to avoid the onset of depression and to offer behavioral health services that foster resilience and recovery if they experience it,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde in a press release. Data in the report also indicate that older adolescent girls were more likely to receive treatment for their depression than younger ones; about two-fifths of girls ages 15 to 17 received treatment, compared with only one-third of the girls aged 12 to 14. The report is available on the SAMHSA Web site at www.samhsa.gov/data/spotlight/Spot077GirlsDepression2012.pdf.