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Facts and Numbers

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Mental Health Facts

  • 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental illness
  • 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in the United States lives with a serious mental illness
  • 17% of youth (ages 6 – 17 years old) live with a mental illness
  • The average delay between symptom onset and treatment is 11 years
  • Only 43% of adults with mental illness get treatment in a given year
  • At least 8.4 million American provide care to an adult with an emotional or mental illness
  • 20% of people experiencing homelessness also have a serious mental illness
  • 37% of people incarcerated in state and federal prison have a diagnosed mental condition
  • 19% of US adults with mental illness also have a substance use disorder
  • Additional facts and citations are available at Mental Health by the Numbers.

What Is Stigma?

People experiencing mental health conditions often face rejection, bullying and even discrimination. This can make their journey to recovery longer and more difficult. Stigma is when someone, or you yourself, views you in a negative way because you have a mental health condition. Some people describe stigma as shame that can be felt as a judgement from someone else or a feeling that is internal, something that confuses feeling bad with being bad.

Navigating life with a mental health condition can be tough, and the isolation, blame and secrecy that is often encouraged by stigma can create huge challenges to reaching out, getting needed support and living well. Learning how to cope with stigma and how to avoid and address stigma are important for all of us.