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  1. In 2014, there were an estimated 43.6 million adults (age 18 or older) in the US with a mental illness.
  2. 20% of youth (ages 13-18) live with a mental health condition.
  3. More than 2/3 of Americans who have a mental illness live in the community and lead productive lives.
  4. Mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, religion, or income. It is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others and daily functioning.
  5. Serious mental illnesses include: major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder.

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  1. As of 2013, 34.6 million adults (14.6% of the population) received mental health services during the past 12 months.
  2. Mental illness and intellectual disability are not the same. Mental illness affects a person’s thinking, mood, and behavior, whereas those with an intellectual disability experience limitations in intellectual function and difficulties with certain skills
  3. 4 of the 10 leading causes of disability in the US and other developed countries are: mental disorders, which include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, major depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  4. Between 70 and 90% of people with mental illnesses experience a significant reduction of symptoms and an improved quality of life, with proper care and treatment.
  5. Every year, as many as 8 million Americans who have serious mental illnesses don’t receive adequate treatment.
  6. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Sources

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    NIH. “ Any Mental Illness (AMI) Among U.S. Adults.” National Institute of Mental Health. Accessed October 31, 2016.

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    NAMI. “Mental Health Facts: Children and Teens.” National Alliance on Mental Illness. Accessed November 1, 2016.

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    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. "Fast Facts About Basic Mental Health." Substance Abuse and Mental Health Publications. Accessed April 28, 2014.

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    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. "Fast Facts About Basic Mental Health." Substance Abuse and Mental Health Publications. Accessed April 28, 2014.

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    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. "Fast Facts About Basic Mental Health." Substance Abuse and Mental Health Publications. Accessed April 28, 2014.

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    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. “Results from the 2013 NSDUH: Mental Health Findings, SAMHSA, CBHSQ.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Accessed October 31, 2016.

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    Inclusion Europe, and Mental Health Europe. "Mental Illness and Intellectual Disability." Cornell University ILR School Research. Accessed April 28, 2014.

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    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. "Fast Facts About Basic Mental Health." Substance Abuse and Mental Health Publications. Accessed April 28, 2014.

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    NAMI. "About Mental Illness." National Alliance on Mental Illness. Accessed April 28, 2014.

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    Kirkbride Center. "Mental Health Facts." Kirkbride Center. Accessed April 28, 2014.

  • 11

    NAMI. “Mental Health Facts: In America.” National Alliance on Mental Illness. Accessed November 1, 2016.

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