Mental Health Promotion

Facts on Mental Health

| August 23, 2013

See also: Facts on Suicide Prevention

  • One in five American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year.
  • 50% of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those will develop conditions by the age of 14.  (SAMHSA)
  • Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. (U.S. Surgeon General’s Report)
  • Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, income, race, religion, or culture. Mental illnesses affect both males and females. (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
  • Mental illnesses often appear for the first time during adolescence and young adulthood. While they can occur at any age, the young and the old are especially vulnerable. (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
  • Four of the 10 leading causes of disability (lost years of productive life) in the United States and other developed countries are mental disorders, which include major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Many persons suffer from more than one mental disorder at any given time. (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • With proper care and treatment, between 70 and 90 percent of persons with mental illnesses experience a significant reduction of symptoms and an improved quality of life. (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)
  • More than two-thirds of Americans who have a mental illness live in the community and lead productive lives. (National Mental Health Association)



Category: Data/Research, Mental Health

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