Why Mental Health?


One in Five people will struggle with mental wellness this year.

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.”  – MentalHealth.gov

A healthy mind is everything

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Facts About Mental Health

Deterioration of mental health is growing…

  • 51.5 million (20.6%) American adults live with some form of mental illness – National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • 264M people in the world are living with depression – World Health Organization
  • 40 million American adults live with an anxiety disorder – ADAA
  • Depression is the largest cause of disability worldwide  – World Health Organization
  • Mental Health Sufferers
  • Everyone Else

Deteriorating mental health leads to serious and often fatal outcomes…

  • U.S. suicide rate increased by over 33% since 1999, the highest rate since WWII – CDC
  • Around 800,000 people die to suicide each year – World Health Organization
  • Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the US in 2018, claiming the lives of over 48,000 people – National Institute of Mental Health
  • More than half of those who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition. With men being more likely to  not report their mental health condition prior to suicide – CDC
  • People struggling with mental health are 6 times more likely to be hospitalized – World Health Organization
  • Male rate increased 28% from 17.8 in 1999 to 22.8 in 2018
  • Total suicide rate increased 35.2% from 10.5 in 1999 to 14.2 in 2018
  • Female rate increased 55%, from 4.0 in 1999 to 6.2 in 2018

the covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted mental health…

  • About 4 in 10 adults in the US have reported struggling with mental health or substance abuse – Kaiser Family Foundation, CDC
  • Since the pandemic began, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation rates have remained alarmingly high, especially among youth ages 11 to 17 – Mental Health America
  • The pandemic has disproportionately affected the mental health of young adults, Hispanic adults, and African Americans – Kaiser Family Foundation, CDC
  • Social isolation, greater economic challenges, and other COVID-19-related stressors have placed a heavier mental health burden on US adults – JAMA Network
  • Struggling with Mental Health or Substance Abuse
  • Everyone Else

Mental health is highly treatable but underfunded…

  • Mental health is highly treatable yet only 43.8%  of US adults received treatment for their mental health challenges in 2019 – National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • The average delay between initial symptoms and treatment is 11 years – National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Depression and anxiety disorders cost more than $1 trillion in lost productivity each year – National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • One in four Americans report having to choose between getting mental health treatment and paying for daily necessities – National Council Org
  • More than 10 million adults have an unmet need for mental health treatment, a need that has not declined since 2011 – Mental Health America
  • Seek Treatment
  • Do Not Seek Treatment

Over half of those that experience mental wellness symptoms don’t seek treatment due to these common concerns…

  • Fear
  • Shame
  • Lack of insight and awareness
  • Distrust
  • Hopelessness
  • Financial strain


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