Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders:
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately one in five adults in the USA experiences mental illness in a given year. Additionally, one in six children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a mental health disorder.
Types of Mental Health Disorders:
The most common mental health disorders in the USA are anxiety disorders, followed by depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 19.1 million adults in the USA have experienced an anxiety disorder in the past year.
Mental Health and Suicide:
Suicide is a serious public health issue in the USA, and mental health disorders are a significant risk factor for suicide. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the USA, with over 48,000 deaths by suicide in 2018.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse:
Mental health disorders often co-occur with substance abuse disorders. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, approximately 9.5 million adults in the USA had a co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorder in 2019.
Mental Health and Access to Treatment:
Unfortunately, many people who experience mental health disorders do not receive the treatment they need. According to NAMI, 60% of adults and 50% of youth with mental illness did not receive any mental health services in the past year.
Mental health disorders are a significant issue in the USA, affecting millions of people each year. It is essential to raise awareness about mental health and ensure that those who need treatment receive it. By addressing mental health disorders, we can improve the overall health and wellbeing of individuals and communities across the country.