The cost of these illnesses is immense both socially and financially and costs affect everyone, regardless if they know someone with a mental illness. Education is the first line of defense in finding cures for these illnesses and helping people who suffer from them to get their lives back and function at their optimum level.
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year.
- Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.,20 the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10–24 and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15–24.
- More than 90% of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition.
- Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder (persistent mild depression) and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44.