It’s Mental Health Awareness Month so we’d like to share some statistics to normalize mental health struggles and promote the importance (and acceptance) of seeking help.
1 in 5 (21%, approx. 60 million) U.S. adults experience a mental health condition
1 in 6 (16%, approx. 7.7million) U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health condition
Marginalized communities and minority populations are at a higher risk for developing mental health conditions
Women are more likely to seek treatment than men (51% compared to 37%)
50% of all mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S. The overall suicide rate has increased by 35% since 1999
About half of people with a mental health condition in the U.S. seek treatment. The average delay between onset of symptoms and seeking treatment is 11 years
You are not alone. Working on your mental health isn’t admitting a failure, weakness, or moral quality about yourself, it’s taking care of your basic needs as a human being.
National Alliance for Mental Health (nami.org)
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
SAMHSA Hotline: 1-800-487-4889
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
* The information provided is for self-enrichment and not intended to replace any necessary mental health treatment.