There is hope.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

There is no shame in asking for help. Mental Illness Awareness Week - October 4-10, 2020.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI) has a great website that gives access to tools, tests and mental health information. A resource is their Know the Warning Signs page. Millions of people in the U.S. are affected by mental illness each year. It’s important to know there is hope and those who suffer are not alone.

The following stats are from studies conducted by organizations like Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
  • 1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34

You Are Not Alone

  • 19.1% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2018 (47.6 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults.
  • 4.6% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2018 (11.4 million people). This represents 1 in 25 adults.
  • 16.5% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 experienced a mental health disorder in 2016 (7.7 million people)
  • 3.7% of U.S. adults experienced a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness in 2018 (9.2 million people)

For the caring individuals who work in the mental health field, thank you.