Christmas is a great time to be alive.
But for some people, the holiday season is a nightmare, with a host of social problems plaguing the country, according to a new report from the Wall Street, New York-based advocacy group.
The report found that a growing number of Americans are struggling to find affordable housing, struggling to maintain a family and, at times, struggling with drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues.
The report, published Monday by the National Alliance for Mental Health and the Alliance of Substance Abuse Treatment Directors, also found that the number of people in treatment has decreased by about 5 percent over the past five years.
“The vast majority of people who are in treatment for mental illness are getting better,” said Daniel D. Rees, an associate professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism who co-authored the report.
“But the number is growing.
And it’s increasing the rate of suicide.”
The report, which was commissioned by the nonprofit Mental Health America, found that while people with mental illness make up just about half of the country’s population, they represent a large share of the population at risk for substance abuse, suicide and other problems.
The report surveyed people with a range of psychiatric diagnoses and found that almost one in five Americans reported that they have at least one mental illness, compared with one in two people in the general population.
It found that nearly half of Americans had tried alcohol or drugs in the past year, up from 41 percent a decade ago.
The numbers were even more stark for people who have a mental illness.
About a third of people surveyed said they had attempted suicide at least once in the previous year, compared to about half a decade earlier.
The findings come amid a nationwide debate over the role of government in providing treatment to those who are mentally ill.
The Trump administration, which has repeatedly pushed for more funding for mental health programs, is pushing to cut Medicaid by $800 billion over the next decade.
Last week, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who both have ties to the pharmaceutical industry, signed an executive order calling for the creation of a national program that would provide more funding to states to treat those who suffer from mental illness and substance abuse issues.
The order also called for the end of the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition on Medicaid coverage of mental health services.