Mental Health Facts

Below are a list of Mental Health Facts:

  • 1 out of every 5 young people suffers from some form of diagnosable mental illness.
  • About 19% of young people contemplate or attempt suicide each year.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 15–24, and the second leading cause of death in college students ages 20–24.
  • Over 66% of young people with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health problem.
  • Teens diagnosed with depression are five times more likely to attempt suicide as adults than adults without psychiatric illness.
  • Over 2/3 of young people do not talk about or seek help for mental health problems.
  • 44% of college students in America reported feeling symptoms of depression.
  • 4 out of every 5 young people that contemplate or attempt suicide exhibit clear warning signs.
  • 80–90% of people that seek the necessary form of mental health treatment can function the way they used to.
  • Stereotypes are one of the largest barriers preventing young people from seeking the help they need.
  • An estimated 5 million young females suffer from eating disorders each year and eating disorders are the deadliest mental illness claiming more lives than any other illness.
  • 57.7 million adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder each year, 6% of adults suffer from severe mental disorders.
  • Major depressive disorder (depression) affects 14.8 million adults and is the leading cause of disability for people ages 15–44.
  • In 2002 over 31,000 people died by suicide.
  • Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders. Approximately 40 million adults suffer from anxiety disorders including, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias (social phobia, agoraphobia, and specific phobia).