May Mental Health Month?
Oh whoopee! Another special cause.
Do we really need Mental Health Month? Yes, we do.
Here are some sobering statistics about mental health in America:
- 1 in 5 Americans are affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime.
- 1 in 25 Americans will suffer from a serious mental illness.
- One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24.
- 1 in 100 (2.4 million) American adults live with schizophrenia.
- 2.6% (6.1 million) of American adults live with bipolar disorder.
- 6.9% (16 million) of American adults live with major depression.
- 18.1% (42 million) of American adults live with anxiety disorders.
- Approximately 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness.
- Approximately 24% of state prisoners have “a recent history of a mental health condition”.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease.
- Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings every year.
Thank you to the NIMH for most of these statistics, and to NAMI where they were collected into easy-to-use documents. https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers.
Coming up next…where help is available and how professionals can be more accessible to those in need.