During the month of May, you will start see green ribbons throughout social media or even out in town. These green ribbons are to help bring awareness to mental health during the month of May. Unfortunately, many people are affected by a mental illness and you may not even know it. National Alliance on Mental Illness(NAMI) breaks down some facts and numbers for us.
Prevalence Of Mental Illness
· Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (46.6 million) experiences mental illness in a given year.
· Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. (11.2 million) experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
· Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
· 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
· 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
· 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
· 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
· Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness
Consequences Of Lack Of Treatment
· 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.
· Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions. Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions.
· Over one-third (37%) of students with a mental health condition age 14–21 and older who are served by special education drop out—the highest dropout rate of any disability group. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 10–34.
· More than 90% of people who die by suicide show symptoms of a mental health condition.
· Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide.
If you, or someone you know needs help or just needs to talk please call the NAMI helpline listed below.
800-950-6264 Or, in a crisis? Text NAMI to 741741
Rebecca & Gabriel Montenegro