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Every single year, millions of Americans suffer with a mental illness, which is a condition that negatively affects a person’s thoughts, feelings, and/or mood. Each individual has a unique experience, as far as which symptoms they present and for how long, but one thing is certain: the mental illness poses a challenge to life as they know it. Here are some facts and statistics from the National Alliance on Mental Illness

The Prevalence of Mental Illness

  • Approximately 1 in 5 (or 43.8 million) adults in the US experiences a mental illness every year.
  • Approximately 1 in 25 (or 9.8 million) adult Americans experiences a serious mental illness every year that significantly interferes with their day to day life.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 teens aged 13-18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point in adolescence.

Demographical and Social Stats

  • It is estimated that 26% of homeless adults living in shelters suffer with a serious mental illness, while 46% suffer with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorder.
  • Around 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local prisoners have recently struggled with a mental health condition.
  • Approximately 70% of youth in the juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition.

Mental Health Treatment

  • Approximately 41% of adults in the US with a mental illness received mental health treatment in the past year, which means close to 60% did not.
  • Just over 50% of children in the US with a mental illness, between ages 8-15, received mental health treatment in the past year, which means approximately 50% did not.
  • Black and Hispanic Americans received mental health treatment at approximately ½ the rate of white Americans in the last year.

The Impact of Mental Illness

  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • Mood disorders—such as depression and bipolar disorder—are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the US for those 18-44 years of age.
  • On average, adults in the US with serious mental illness die 25 years earlier than others.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, while it’s the 3rd for ages 10-14 and the 2nd for ages 15-24.
  • 90% of individuals who die by suicide have an underlying mental health condition.

Get Mental Health Help Today

If you’re struggling in any way with your mental health, know that you are not alone—many of the statistics above are a testament to that. We all have to remember the importance of mental health and do what we can to prioritize our overall wellbeing daily. If you need help understanding, managing, or overcoming something that threatens your mental and emotional wellbeing, seek mental health treatment. A caring, skilled professional can help. If you’re ready to take that step, set up an appointment with a therapist, counselor, or life coach today.

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