You are not alone. Mental illness is common in the United States and around the world. In fact, millions of people are affected by it every day. By understanding and sharing these statistics, we can raise mental health awareness, reduce the stigma, and advocate for better health care. We gathered some numbers presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
- 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.
- 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.
- 75% of people who die by suicide are male.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
- The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years.
- Caregivers of adults with mental or emotional health issues spend an average of 32 hours per week providing unpaid care.
- Mental illness and substance use disorders are involved in 1 out of every 8 emergency department visits by a U.S. adult (estimated 12 million visits).
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If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.