12 billion working days are lost annually around the world due to mental illnesses, and the global cost of mental illness is expected to increase to $30 trillion by 2030.
1 in 6 children ages 6-17 have a mental, neurodevelopmental, or behavioral disorder, but only 50% receive treatment for their illness.
21% of people experiencing homelessness also have a serious mental illness.
Nearly 43,000 Americans commit suicide every year, including an estimated 18-22 veterans per day. Nationally, suicide is the 2nd-leading cause of death for youth between 10 and 24.
1 in 5 American adults (51.5 million people) lives with a mental illness. Of these, 19.4 million have a depressive disorder, 7 million have bipolar disorder, and 48 million have anxiety disorders. 9.5 million have concurrent mental health and addiction disorders.
Around 50% of students age 14 and older with a mental illness drop out of high school.
1 in 8 women is affected by postpartum depression (PPD). Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD)-related suicide accounts for 20% of all postpartum deaths, making PMD a leading cause of maternal mortality.
Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder.
Mood disorders, such as major depression and bipolar disorder, are the most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. between the ages of 18–44 (excluding pregnancy/birth).
Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a mental healthcare tsunami is coming. Current rates of anxiety and depression in the US are at 42%, and the need for mental health services is skyrocketing.
55% of US counties do not have a single practicing psychiatrist. Because of this, the average delay between symptom onset and treatment is 11 years.
WHAT IS MENTAL ILLNESS
Mental illnesses can be difficult to diagnose, both because they can emulate other illnesses and because their symptoms can be intangible, emotional and/or hard to describe. But they are as real as physical illnesses and, even with medication and therapy, typically last a lifetime.
In truth, “mental illness” describes a spectrum of conditions that can affect each person differently, and that often have many overlapping traits between one illness and another. Currently, most can be managed with a combination of therapy and medication—and it is our great hope that, one day, advances in medicine will eradicate the worst symptoms of these diseases.
Types of mental illnesses include:
WE ALL HAVE A STAKE IN THIS
It may not be you, but it’s someone you know. Someone you love.
The Foundation of Hope was formed by a family who knew that even those who don’t live with a mental illness can still suffer because of one. We need to change the conversation about these illnesses – we must bust the stigma.
The cost to our relationships, our time and effort, is immeasurable.
If you or someone you know is suffering, these community and family resources can help.