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May is Mental Health Month

May Mental Health Month?

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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.