For Mental Health Month this year, we are encouraging individuals to look around and look within. From your neighborhood to genetics, many factors come into play when it comes to mental health conditions. We encourage everyone to consider how the world around them affects their mental health. Understanding that "You Are Enough" is part of the effort to reduce the stigma of mental health problems.
If you constantly feel worried or sad about where you live, one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition is to take a mental health screening at mhascreening.org.
According to Mental Health America, 21% of US adults are experiencing a mental illness - that's more than 50 million people. While 15% of adults had a substance abuse problem in the last year, over 93% of them did not receive treatment. America's youth are experiencing mental health problems at an increasing rate. More than 2.7 million youth have severe major depression, and 16% suffer from at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Yet, 60% of them did not receive treatment. One in 10 young people with private insurance do not have mental health coverage and 23% of adults were not able to see a doctor because of the cost.
Mental Health Facts
- 20.6% of U.S. adults (51.5 million people) experienced mental illness in 2019, but only 43.8% of them received treatment.
- 1 in 5 US adults experience mental illness each year, but less than half get treatment.
- 5.2% of US adults (13.1 million people) experienced serious mental illness in 2019, but only 65.5% of them received treatment.
- 1 in 20 US adults experiences a serious mental illness each year, but less than two-thirds get treatment.
- 16.5% of US youth aged 6–17 (7.7 million people) experienced a mental health disorder in 2016, but only 50.6% of them received treatment.
- 1 in 6 US youth experience a mental health condition each year, but only half get treatment.
- 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins 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 US
- The overall suicide rate in the US has increased by 35% since 1999.