Facts About Mental Health

Did you know that:

  • One in five (20%) Americans lives with a mental illness.
    • Some research, like that from Johns Hopkins, says as many as one in four (26%) live with a mental illness.
  • One in twenty-five (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.

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