Mental Illness Statistics:

STATISTICS:

  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults (18.5%) have a mental illness

  • 21.4% of youth have a mental illness

  • 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression

  • Approximately 18.1% of adults in America suffer from anxiety

  • 22.8% of anxiety cases in adults are classified as “severe” cases

  • 25.1% of children ages 13-18 have an anxiety disorder

  • 5.9% of children ages 13-18 have an anxiety disorder that is considered “severe”

  • In the UK, 8.2 million people suffered from anxiety in 2013

  • 3.5% of adults in the US suffer from PTSD

  • 36.6% of these cases are considered “severe”

  • 30% of college students admit to feeling depressed to the point where it affects their ability to function

  • 6.7% of adults (16.1 million) in the US had at least one major depressive episode in the past year

  • Half of all chronic mental illnesses begin by age 14, ¾ of them begin by age 24

  • Average delay between appearance of symptoms and the beginning of treatment is 8-10 years

  • Only 41% of adults with mental illness received mental health services in the last year

  • Only 25% of people with mental illnesses feel that others are compassionate or understanding towards their illness

  • 37% of students ages 14 & up with mental illnesses drop out of school

  • 70% of youth in juvenile detention centers have a mental illness

  • Approximately 15% of teens report attempting some form of self-harm

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death worldwide,  and the second leading cause of death in people ages 15-24

  • Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year

  • An estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide each year

  • 90% of people who commit suicide have an underlying mental illness

  • Individuals with a serious mental illness face a higher risk of having a chronic medical condition

  • Over one third (37%) of students with a mental health condition aged 14-21 who are served by special education drop out

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