Facts About Mental Illness

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  • 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness each year
  • 1 in 17 American adults lives with serious mental illness
  • 2.6 million Americans live with schizophrenia
  • 6.1 million Americans live with bipolar disorder
  • 14.8 million Americans live with major depression
  • 42 million Americans live with anxiety disorders such as OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and phobias
  • Nearly 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders
  • 26% of homeless adults in shelters live with serious mental illness
  • 20% of state prisoners and 21% of county prisoners have a recent history of mental health conditions
  • 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and approximately 20% have severe mental illness
  • 20% of youth 13 to 18 years of age have severe mental disorders
  • 13% of youth 8 to 15 years of age have severe mental disorders
  • 60% of adults and nearly 50% of youth with mental illness received no mental health services during the previous year
  • African Americans and Latinos use mental health services at about half the rate of whites
  • 50% of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; 75% by age 24

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)