How many Americans have mental illness?

One in five American adults have experienced a mental health issue.

One in 20 Americans lives with a serious mental issue, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

There are 46 million adults in the United States with mental illness.

Schizophrenia affects one percent of the population.  Of these, 40 percent received no treatment within the past year.

Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.

Twenty percent of children have been sexually abused at some time in their lives.

Twenty eight percent of children have been physically abused.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. In 2013, there were 41,149 deaths in the United States from suicide.  This is more than double the number of lives lost to homicide.

Professions most likely to commit suicide:

  1. Physicians
  2. Dentists
  3. Financial Workers
  4. Lawyers
  5. Police Officers
  6. Real Estate Agents
  7. Electricians
  8. Farm Workers
  9. Pharmacists
  10. Scientists


Half of patients with mental health disorders show their first signs of mental illness before age 14.

A patient living with a serious mental illness performs only three to five percent of all violent acts committed.  Patients with serious mental illness are 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime.

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