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WHAT ARE THE FACTS ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS?

 

Half (50%) of all Americans will experience a mental disorder at some point in their lives. (Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health.)


One in five children has a diagnosable emotional disorder and one in ten has a serious disorder. Less than one-third get appropriate care. (Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health.)


Treatment success for serious mental illnesses ranges from 60 - 80 percent, whereas the treatment success rate for heart disease ranges from only 41 -52 percent. (SAMHSA).


The incidence of suicide among 15-24 year olds has tripled since 1960. (Centers for Disease Control)


Between 118,700 and 186,600 youths in the United States who are involved in the juvenile justice system have at least one mental disorder. (National Coalition for the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System).


Mental illness is the second leading cause of disability. (Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health.)


Among Americans age 18-54, 14.9 percent have anxiety disorders, 7.1 percent have mood disorders and 1.3 percent have schizophrenia. (Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health.)


Up to one half of all visits to primary care physicians are due to conditions caused or exacerbated by mental health problems. (National Mental Health Association)


Up to half of the people who are homeless have a severe mental illness that is untreated. (National Mental Health Association)


People with depression are more than four times as likely to have a heart attack than those without a history of depression (National Institute of Mental Health).


Almost half of all Americans (45%) falsely believe that medicines given to those with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, are given just to keep the patients calm and are not capable of making them better. (National Mental Health Association Poll)

 

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