Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Mental Illness Facts and Numbers
Here are some more Mental Illness Facts and Numbers, provided by NAMI!
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~ Approximately 60 percent of adults, and almost one-half
of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no
mental health services in the previous year.
~ African American and Hispanic Americans used
mental health services at about one-half the rate of
whites in the past year and Asian Americans at about
one-third the rate.
~One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age
of 14; three-quarters by age 24.
treatment, there are long delays−sometimes
decades−between the first appearance of symptoms
and when people get help.
~ Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion
in lost earnings per year.
~ Mood disorders such as depression are the third most
common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both
youth and adults ages 18 to 44.
~Individuals living with serious mental illness face an
increased risk of having chronic medical conditions.
~Adults living with serious mental illness die on average
25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to
treatable medical conditions.
~Over 50 percent of students with a mental health
condition age 14 and older who are served by special
education drop out−the highest dropout rate of any
~ Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S.
(more common than homicide) and the third leading
cause of death for ages 15 to 24 years. More than 90
percent of those who die by suicide had one or more
~ Although military members comprise less than 1
percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent
20 percent of suicides nationally. Each day, about 18