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May is Mental Health Month: Why Care?

U.S. Mental  Health Facts

  • 1 in 5 adults lives with a mental health condition.
  • 1 in 25 adults (10M) lives with a serious mental illness. 
  • 43.8M people face the day-to-day reality of living with mental illness.
  • Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% begin by age 24.
  • Hispanic Americans and African Americans used mental health services about half the rate of whites in the past year.
  • 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness.
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death, but is preventable.
  • Between 70 and 90% of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with the right treatments and supports.

 

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