How many Americans have mental illness?

One in five American adults have experienced some type of 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 total 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 illness is more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.

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.

There is one suicide every 13 minutes.

Professions most likely to commit suicide:

  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Financial Workers
  • Lawyers
  • Police Officers
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Electricians
  • Farm Workers
  • Pharmacists
  • Scientists

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

Persons with serious mental illness perform only three to five percent of all violent acts committed.  Patients with serious mental illness however are 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime.

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