Mental Health Facts in America 1. Mental Health Facts IN AMERICA Prevalence of Mental Illness by Diagnosis 1.1% 2.6% 6.9% 18.1% 1 in 100 (2.4 million) American adults live with schizophrenia.1 2.6% (6.1 million) of American adults live with bipolar disorder.1 6.9% (16 million) of American adults live with major depression.1 18.1% (42 million) of American adults live with anxiety disorders.1 Treatment in America Nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.4 Nearly 50% of youth aged 8-15 didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.1 African American & Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about 1/2 the rate of whites in the past year and Asian Americans at about 1/3 the rate.1 1 This document cites statistics provided by the National Institute of Mental Health. 2 Statistics provided by Department of Justice. 3 American Journal of Psychiatry and U.S. Surgeon General’s Report, 1999. 4 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Follow Us! Ways to Get Help Talk with your doctor Visit Learn more about mental illness Connect with other individuals and families Consequences Impact Fact: 43.8 million adults experience mental illness in a given year. 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. Nearly 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in America live with a serious mental illness. Approximately 10.2 million adults have co-occuring mental health and addiction disorders.1 Approximately 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness.1 26% 10.2m Approximately 24% of state prisoners have “a recent history of a mental health condition”.2 24% Mental Illness Addiction 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.3 90% Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.1 1st -$193b Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earning every year.3 $ One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24. Whites African Americans Hispanic Americans Asian Americans 60% 50%


5 responses to “May is Mental Health Month”

  1. It’s just the May is Mental Health Month hashtag. I posted a NAMI infographic.

  2. Reblogged this on Just Plain Ol' Vic and commented:
    I did not know that May is mental health month, so I thought it would be appropriate to share this info graphic.

  3. what’s the hashtag again? How is that supposed to help us?

  4. The numbers are staggering. I will never understand why there is so little focus on mental illness in the U.S. and around the globe.

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