Mental Health Issues

Top 10 Facts to Know

10. The unemployment rate for people with severe and persistent mental disorders hovers at 90%.

"Outpatient Mental Health Statistics Program." Public Health Reports (1896-1970) 77.4 (1962): 337-40. Web.

9. People with panic disorder may also have depression and substance abuse. About 30 percent of people with panic disorder abuse alcohol and 17 percent abuse drugs such as cocaine and marijuana (Mental Health America, 2000).

"Outpatient Mental Health Statistics Program." Public Health Reports (1896-1970) 77.4 (1962): 337-40. Web.

8. People with depression are 4 times as likely to develop a heart attack than those without the illness.

"Screening for Mental Health :: Depression Statistics." Screening for Mental Health :: Depression Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

7. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S, the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10–21 and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15–24.

"Mental Health By the Numbers." NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015

6. 1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 - 16 suffer from a diagnosed mental health disorder - that is around three children in every class.

"Mental Health Statistics." Mental Health Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.

5. Four times as many men as women die by suicide; however, women attempt suicide two to three times as often as men.

"Mental Disorders in America." Mental Illness Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2015

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

Horwitz, Allan V. "The Epidemic in Mental Illness: Clinical Fact or Survey Artifact?" Contexts 5.1 (2006): 19-23. Web.

3. Over 50 percent of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older who are served by special education drop out−the highest dropout rate of any disability group.

Horwitz, Allan V. "The Epidemic in Mental Illness: Clinical Fact or Survey Artifact?" Contexts 5.1 (2006): 19-23. Web.

2. Approximately 20 percent of state prisoners and 21 percent of local jail prisoners have “a recent history” of a mental health condition.

Horwitz, Allan V. "The Epidemic in Mental Illness: Clinical Fact or Survey Artifact?" Contexts 5.1 (2006): 19-23. Web.

1. One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans−experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.

Horwitz, Allan V. "The Epidemic in Mental Illness: Clinical Fact or Survey Artifact?" Contexts 5.1 (2006): 19-23. Web.