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.

~Despite effective 
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 
disability group.

~ 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 
mental disorders.

~ Although military members comprise less than 1 
percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent 
20 percent of suicides nationally. Each day, about 18 
veterans die from suicide.


Karen Greenberg said...

May I please borrow the picture from this post to put as my Facebook profile picture? I absolutely LOVE the design!

Sara Breidenstein said...

Borrow away, you can always use anything I post!