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Mental Illness by the numbers
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year, and yet nearly 40% of them don't seek treatment or help from others. This shocking imbalance is what Rethink Mental Health Incorporated is trying to combat. The negative stigmas on mental health issues can lead people suffering from mental health issues to fear getting the help they need or even telling their loved ones about their struggles. Despite 43.8 million americans experiencing mental illness every year, these individuals are left feeling alone.
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
- Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
- Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
- 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
- 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
- 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
- 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
- Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.9.6 million adults in the US experience suicidal ideation
- 7.7% of youth had no access to mental health services through their private insurance
- 56% of adults in the US with a mental illness did not receive treatment
- Over 1.7 million youth with major depressive episodes did not receive treatment (That is enough to fill every major league baseball stadium on the east coast…twice.)
- In Alabama there is only one mental health professional per 1,260 people
- In states with the lowest workforce, there is up 6 times the individuals to only 1 mental health professional. This includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses combined.
- 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment. Even in Maine, the state with the best access, 41.4% of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.
- Access to insurance and treatment increased, as healthcare reform has reduced the rates of uninsured adults.
- Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Even with severe depression, 76% of youth are left with no or insufficient treatment
"What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be”