• Over 60 million Americans suffer from a mental illness.
  • One out of three people will be diagnosed with a mental illness within any given year.
  • Mental illnesses are the leading cause of disability.
  • Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
  • Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44. (NAMI)
  • Nearly one in five U.S. adults lives with a mental illness (44.7 million in 2016). NIMH 
  • Approximately 1 in 5 women develop depression at some point in life and depression is most common in women between the ages of 40 and 59. Furthermore, women are nearly twice as likely as men to have depression. (NIMH 2016)
  • 14.8 million adult Americans live with depression (Mayo Clinic)
  • Bipolar disorder affects nearly 6 million adult Americans (National Institute of Health)                                           
  • According to Mental Health America: 1 in 5 adults has a mental health condition. That’s over 40 million Americans; more than the populations of New York and Florida combined. NAMI
  • Youth mental health is worsening. 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.
  • Most Americans still lack access to care. 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.
  • There is a serious mental health workforce shortage. In states with the lowest workforce, there is up to 6 times the individuals to only 1 mental health professional. This includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses combined.

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