Even just a handful of statistics might make it easier for you to better understand the scale and impact of mental illness – on our friends and family, our co-workers, and our communities.
- Across the US, 1 in 5 people suffers from some kind of mental illness, and many with more than one.
- Mental illness in the workplace costs businesses $220 billion annually
- An estimated 12 billion working days are lost due to mental illness every year.
- People with depression have a 40% higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
- 19% of U.S. adults with mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder in 2018 (9.2 million individuals).
- People with depression are 7 times more likely to be unemployed.
- High school students with significant symptoms of depression are more than twice as likely to drop out.
- Nearly 30% of people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. have a serious mental health condition.
- Nearly 2 million people with mental illness – including many veterans with PTSD or other mental health conditions – are booked into jails each year.
- 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosed mental illness.
- 41% of Veteran’s Health Administration patients have a diagnosed mental illness or substance use disorder.
- Mental illness triggers 12 million hospital visits every year.
- Around the world, approximately two-thirds of people with a mental disorder go untreated.
- When in jail, people with mental illness stay almost twice as long as other individuals facing similar charges.
- 1 in 4 people who die in officer-involved shootings are in a mental health crisis.
- More than 8 million adults provide unpaid care to family members who suffer from a mental illness, spending an average of 32 hours a week providing care.
Sources: The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Lancet Commission, the National Institutes of Health, the Criminal Mental Health Project, the American Psychological Association.