Mental Health Facts



-1 in 4 adults (approximately 57.7 million Americans) experience a mental health disorder in a given year.

-1 in 17 adults live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder

-Approximately 1 in 10 children live with a serious mental or emotional disorder

-Approximately 2.4 million Americans, or 1.1% of the adult population, live with schizophrenia

-Bipolar disorder affects 5.7 million American adults, approximately 2.6% of the adult population per year.

-Major depressive disorder affects 6.7% of adults, or about 14.8 million American adults

-Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias, affect about 18.7% of adults, an estimated 40 million individuals.

-Suicide claims the lives of 38,000 Americans a year—more than car accidents, prostate cancer or homicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  About 90% of those suicides are related to mental illness.

-Mental illness causes more days of work loss and work impairment than chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, arthritis, back pain, hypertension, and heart disease.

-Returning combat veterans are experiencing very high rates of serious mental illness, suicide, addiction, homelessness and incarceration related to posttraumatic stress disorder.

-Nearly 40% of adults with “severe” mental illness—such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder—received no treatment in the previous year, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.  Among adults with any mental illness 60% were untreated.

-The number of inpatient psychiatric beds available to patients who need intense care for short periods has fallen 32.5% since 1995 according to the American Hospital Association.

-The unemployment rate for the nearly 10 million Americans with serious mental illnesses has actually increased in the past decade, up from 76% in 2003.  People living with a mental illness are now the largest and fastest growing group of public disability income beneficiaries (NAMI).