Facts About Mental Health

Did you know that:

  • 1-in-5 Americans live with a mental illness.
    • Some research, like that from Johns Hopkins, says as many as 1-in-4 live with a mental illness.
  • 123 people a day die by suicide — that’s 1 every 12 minutes.
  • For every person who completes a suicide, 25 more attempt it.
  • 1-in-25 (4%) live with a serious mental illness (such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, et cetera).
  • Mental and substance abuse disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide.
  • The less access to care a person has, the more likely they are to be incarcerated.
  • 1% of Americans live with schizophrenia.
  • That one in five we talked about above equals to about 44,000,000 people!
  • 8.7% of Americans (19,000,000 people) have at least one specific phobia.
  • Less than 20% of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment.
  • 800,000 people die by suicide every year.
  • Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for people 15-29.
  • 22 current- or former- servicemembers a day die by suicide.

With proper care and treatment, 70-90% of people with mental illness experience a significant reduction in symptoms and an improved quality of life.

  • 56% of Americans did not receive treatment for their mental illness.
  • Arkansas, Mississippi, and Alabama had the least access to care and highest rates of imprisonment.