mental health statistics


Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year, and yet nearly 40% of them don’t seek treatment or help from others. This shocking imbalance is what Rethink Mental Health Incorporated is trying to combat. The negative stigmas on mental health issues can lead people suffering from mental health issues to fear getting the help they need or even telling their loved ones about their struggles. Despite 43.8 million Americans experiencing mental illness every year, these individuals are left feeling alone.


  1. 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
  2. More than 90% of people who die by suicide show symptoms of a mental health condition
  3. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
  4. One in five 18 to 25 year olds experienced a mental illness in the past year
  5. 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
  6. Access to insurance and treatment increased, as healthcare reform has reduced the rates of uninsured adults.
  7. In a survey, 80% of employees stated that workplace stress affected their personal relationships
  8. Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide.
  9. 7.7% of youth had no access to mental health services through their private insurance
  10. Depression is a prevalent and increasingly recognized risk factor for both the development of and the outcome from coronary artery disease (CAD). (National Institute of Health)
  11. People with ADHD are 18 times as likely to be disciplined for behavior or other work problems, and likely to earn 20% to 40% less money than others.
  12. 3.2% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 1.9 million) have diagnosed depression
  13. For every suicide there are many more people who attempt suicide every year. A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for suicide in the general population.
  14. Researchers analyzing results from the U.S. National Comorbidity Survey, a nationally representative study of Americans ages 15 to 54, reported that 18% of those who were employed said they experienced symptoms of a mental health disorder in the previous month.
  15. An Estimated 1 in 10 U.S. Adults Report Depression (CDC)
  16. In states with the lowest workforce, there is up 6 times the individuals to only 1 mental health professional. This includes psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses combined.
  17. 7.1% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety.
  18. Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
  19. One-third of individuals with a chronic illness experience symptoms of depression
  20. 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
  21. According to the World Health Organization, depression is projected to become the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease by 2020
  22. In a survey, only 13% of employees with ADHD reported being treated for this condition in the previous 12 months.
  23. Up to 80 percent of those treated for depression show an improvement in their symptoms generally within four to six weeks of beginning treatment. (NIH)
  24. 75% of ADHD manifests by age 8
  25. Depression is more common than AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined
  26. People with depression are 4 times as likely to develop a heart attack than those without the illness.
  27. ​56% of adults in the US with a mental illness did not receive treatment
  28. An international survey in 10 countries (including the United States) estimated that 3.5% of employees have ADHD.
  29. Many conditions may coexist with depression. Depression may increase the risk for another illness, and dealing with an illness may lead to depression.
  30. 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
  31. 75% of social phobia manifests by age 15
  32. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
  33. Researchers who analyzed employee responses to the WHO questionnaire found that workers with depression reported the equivalent of 27 lost work days per year.
  34. 27,985 children aged 14-21 with autism, emotional disturbance or other health impairments including ADHD drop out of school each year.
  35. In Alabama there is only one mental health professional per 1,260 people
  36. Approximately 13% of children aged 8—15 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life.
  37. 75% of oppositional defiant disorder manifests by age 14
  38. Fifty percent of mental health disorders begin before age 14 and 75% before age 24.
  39. Rates of youth with severe depression increased from 5.9% in 2012 to 8.2% in 2015. Even with severe depression, 76% of youth are left with no or insufficient treatment
  40. 56% of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment. Even in Maine, the state with the best access, 41.4% of adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.
  41. Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  42. One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression
  43. 17.1 million young people have or have had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder.
  44. 9.4% of children aged 2-17 years (approximately 6.1 million) have received an ADHD diagnosis.
  45. In a survey, 35% of employees “Always” miss 3-5 days a month because of workplace stress
  46. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds.
  47. 7.4% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.5 million) have a diagnosed behavior problem.
  48. Depression is a common mental disorder. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression. (WHO)
  49. Over 1.7 million youth with major depressive episodes did not receive treatment (That is enough to fill every major league baseball stadium on the east coast…twice.)


Reprinted by permission of Rethink Mental Health Incorporated

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