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10 facts about mental health to help spread awareness

The best way to combat stigmas surrounding mental health is to raise awareness. These 10 facts demonstrate how issues involving mental health probably affect us all in some way.

While significant strides have been made in regards to mental health awareness, stigmas remain.

So, in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s review some important statistics about mental health to help continue raising awareness and combating these stigmas.

We also want to highlight that those struggling with their own personal battles are not alone. Check out our mental health resources page for more information about some support available to you and your community.

Finally, The Chicago School will be hosting the second annual Mental Health Heroes Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, to recognize those who have improved treatment, raised public awareness, and reduced the stigma of mental illness, substance use disorder, and suicide.

The following statistics are compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Mental Health America:

  1. Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
  2. In any given year, one in five adults—approximately 43.6 million Americans—experience a mental health disorder.
  3. Approximately one in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0 percent—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  4. Approximately one in five youth aged 13–18 (21.4 percent) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13 percent.
  5. One percent of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
  6. Six percent of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
  7. 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.
  8. Nearly 16 million people in the U.S. experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
  9. Only about half of Americans diagnosed with major depression in a given year receive treatment for it, with even fewer—about one-fifth—receiving treatment that is consistent with current practice guidelines.
  10. Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions. Adults in the U.S. living with a serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions.

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Blake C. Pinto

Blake C. Pinto, a military veteran, joined TCS Education System’s marketing department as the Advertising Copywriter in July 2017. He has previously worked for HLR Media and LC Digital Marketing in Southern California.


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