About 11% of Americans aged 12 to 17 reported a major depressive episode in the past year when surveyed in 2013-2014, up from 9.9% in 2012-2013, according to a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Rates across the U.S. ranged from 8.7% in the District of Columbia to 14.6% in Oregon. “Adolescence is a critical time in a person’s development, and battling with depression can be devastating for teens unless they receive effective treatment,” said Paolo del Vecchio, director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. “Effective treatment is available, but parents, teachers and all concerned members of the community must work to assure that adolescents in need get help.”