JUNE CAMPAIGN: Mental Health Awareness
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
Serious mental illnesses include major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder. The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible.
Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan. Learn about and share the facts of mental health and treatment options available.
- One in five American adults experience a mental health issue.
- One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression.
- One in 25 Americans live with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.
- Each year, serious mental illnesses cost the U.S. almost $200 billion in lost earnings.
- Members of the LGBTQ community are twice as likely as straight individuals to have a mental health condition.
- 50.5% of adults in the U.S. who have had a problem with substance abuse also suffer from mental illness.
- The rate of mental health disorders doubles for those who have been to war or lived through a major disaster.
- People with a mental health issue are generally nonviolent. In fact, only 3-5% of violent acts can be attributed to people with a serious mental illness.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It accounts for the loss of more than 41,000 American lives each year, more than double the number of lives lost to homicide.
- Even very young children may show early warning signs of mental health concerns. These mental health problems are often clinically diagnosable, and can be a product of the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors.
- Half of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old, and three quarters of mental health disorders begin before age 24.
- Many people do not seek treatment for mental illness due to the associated stigma. Only 44% of adults with diagnosable mental illnesses receive treatment.
- Less than 20% of children and adolescents with diagnosable mental health problems receive the treatment they need. Early mental health support can help a child before problems interfere with other developmental needs.
- Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including: Biological factors, such as genes, physical illness, injury, or brain chemistry. Life experiences, such as trauma or a history of abuse. Family history of mental health problems.
- Treatment for mental health problems vary depending on the individual and could include medication, therapy, or both and and holistic treatments such as yoga and meditation. Many individuals work with a support system during the healing and recovery process.