Mental Health Statistics and Resources
It is estimated that approximately 1 out of 4 U.S. adults (26%), 18 years of age and older, suffer from a mental disorder. That's 57.7 million people, according to the 2004 census.
Only 30% will seek/carry through with treatment.
Approximately 6% (1 in 17) suffer from a serious mental illness.
Nearly half of those with a mental disorder (45%) meet the criteria for 2 or more disorders at a given time.
In the US and Canada mental disorders are the leading cause for disability for people ages 14-44.
1 in 5 families are affected by mental illness.
Only 7% of all health-care expenditures are designated for mental health disorders.
Approximately half of mental disorders will occur before the age of 14.
10% of children and adolescents suffer from mental illness that is severe enough to cause some level of impairment.
Less than 1/3 of adults and 1/2 of children with a diagnosable mental disorder receive any treatment in a given year.
Approximately 20% of children (1 in 5) with a mental illness will receive mental health services.
16% of incarcerated adults suffer from a serious mental illness.
50% to 75% of juveniles in justice facilities suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder.
Depression ranks as the #1 cause of disability worldwide.
People between the ages of 15 and 24 are most likely to experience a major depressive episode.
Substance abuse affects 50-60% of those with severe mental disorders.
20% of ailments that Americans seek a doctor's care for are due to some form of anxiety disorder.
Schizophrenic disorders affect 2 million Americans, with 300,000 new cases occurring each year.
Approximately 1/4 of the elderly labeled as senile actually suffer from a form of mental illness that can be treated effectively.
The 3rd leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 24 is suicide.
Men are more likely to suffer from personality disorders and drug and alcohol abuse.
Women are at higher risk of suffering from anxiety disorders and depression.
Data reveals that the "disease burden" of mental health issues is 15%, which exceeds the disease burden of all forms of cancer combined.
Mental Health Resources: Hotlines, Organizations, Websites
MHA (Mental Health America)
US Dept Of Health And Human Services
Children and Families
Organizations and Financing
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
More: By Illness
National Institute Of Mental Health
Outreach Partnership Program
Prescription Assistance Programs
Partnership For Prescription Assistance
NAMI Prescription Assistance Programs
Merck Programs For Those In Need
The Access Project
Disability Resources Org
MHA Prescription Payment Assistance
CDC PrevalenceData Search by State
CDC US Fast Stats
CDC Mental Health Organizations by State
CDC Trauma and Disaster Mental Health Resources
compiled from the follow sources and linked above:
http://www.naminh.org/action-facts-myths.php weighingthefacts.blogspot.com http://www.umm.edu/mentalhealth/facts.htm
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