Mental Health Facts in America
- 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.
- One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by the age of 24.
- 1 in 100 (2.4 million) American adults live with schizophrenia – 1.1%
- 2.6% (6.1 million) of American adults live with bipolar disorder – 2.6%
- 6.9% (16 million) of American adults live with major depression – 6.9%
- 18.1% (42 million) of American adults live with anxiety disorders – 18.1%
- Approximately 10.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.
- Approximately 26% (10.2 million) of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness.
- Approximately 24% of state prisoners have “a recent history of a mental health condition.”
- 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month where we increase awareness of mental illness and mental disease by education and through many open discussions and activities throughout the world.
I believe we should increase awareness of mental illness and mental health every day of the year but for now May is being observed as Mental health awareness month. I will happily accept that.
Let’s all do our part to increase awareness and educate many about mental illness and end the stigma of mental illness.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
It is time to wear your green ribbons or just wear the color green.
Mental Health Awareness Month is also referred to as “Mental Health Month” and has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings.
Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
I will be posting something important about mental illness every day throughout the month of May on my blog in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month.
Please keep visiting my blog My Loud Bipolar Whispers and look for statistics or other beneficial information related to mental illness to increase awareness, educate, reduce mental illness stigma and prevent suicides.
It is crucial and imperative for all of us to get involved and save lives.
So, please visit my blog every day, but especially every day throughout the month of May.
Mental illness awareness and education can save lives.
Opening the dialogue about mental illness can save lives.
Sharing your story can save lives.
Please see my post about my new campaign titled, “There’s Glory in Sharing Your Story.” I need your help and hope you will be interested in participating in my new campaign. Thank you for checking it out.
Much love and many blessings. Hugs, Sue
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