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Rising Hope Clinical Assistance  >  Mental Health   >  20 Mental Health Facts to Know in 2020
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20 Mental Health Facts to Know in 2020

As a mental health care provider, we wanted to take a moment to share with you twenty facts about and related to mental health in 2020. This information is sourced from NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Mental Health America.

  1. 47.6 million adults in the U.S. experience a mental illness. That is 18% of the U.S. adult population.
  2. Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14. 75% of all lifetime conditions begin by age 24.
  3. 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experience a serious mental illness in a given year.
  4. 1 in 6 youth between the ages of 6 and 17 experience a mental health condition.
  5. 84% of women and 75% of men report having a toxic friend at least once.
  6. About 80% of Americans have experienced emotional abuse.
  7. Quality nutrition, sleep, and exercise habits are linked to improved mental health.
  8. 1 in 5 people worldwide, over 1.5 billion people, will experience a mental illness during their lifetime.
  9. In the U.S., women experience depression at twice the rate of men. 
  10. 12 million women in the U.S. experience depression each year.
  11. 42.5 million U.S. adults experience anxiety disorders.
  12. 3.3 million U.S. adults experience Bipolar Disorder.
  13. 7.1% or 17.3 million U.S. adults have Major Depressive Disorder.
  14. 13% or 3.1 million U.S. youth have Major Depressive Disorder.
  15. 5.7% of the U.S. population age 13 or older experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in their lifetime.
  16. 4% of U.S. adults experience suicidal thoughts.
  17. 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. 
  18. 56% of U.S. adults with mental illness have not received any treatment.
  19. In the U.S., there is one mental health care provider for every 504 people.
  20. 2.4 million adults in the U.S., over 1% of the adult population, have schizophrenia.

Mental health conditions and illnesses are far more common than a person may think, and they are nothing to be ashamed of. We hope that anyone with a mental health condition will seek support and have seen countless lives transformed by our therapy. Contact Rising Hope Clinical Assistance here to reach out. 

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. Find more hotlines here

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