Monday, October 7, 2013

Mental Illness Awareness Week is this week!

In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week, here are some Mental Illness Facts and Numbers, provided by NAMI!

~ One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million 
Americans−experience mental illness in a given 
year. One in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious 
mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression 
or bipolar disorder.

~ Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 
experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For 
ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent.

~ Approximately 1.1 percent of American adults—
about 2.6 million people—live with schizophrenia.

~ Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults−6.1 
million people−live with bipolar disorder.

~ Approximately 6.7 percent of American adults−about 
14.8 million people−live with major depression.4

~ Approximately 18.1 percent of American adults−about 
42 million people−live with anxiety disorders, such as 
panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), 
posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized 
anxiety disorder and phobias.

~ About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental 
health and addiction disorders.

~Approximately 26 percent of homeless adults staying 
in shelters live with serious mental illness and an 
estimated 46 percent live with severe mental illness 
and/or substance use disorders.

~ Approximately 20 percent of state prisoners and 21 
percent of local jail prisoners have “a recent history” of 
a mental health condition.

~ Seventy percent of youth in juvenile justice systems 
have at least one mental health condition and at least 
20 percent live with a severe mental illness.

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