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 “Simply put, treatment works, if you can get it. But in America today, it is clear that

many people living with mental illness are not provided with the essential treatment they need.”

—Michael J. Fitzpatrick, executive director of NAMI National, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Grading the States 2006, Arlington, Va.


 • One in four adults—approximately 57.7 million Americans—

experience a mental health disorder in a given year. One in 17 lives

with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major

depression or bipolar disorder1 and about one in 10 children live

with a serious mental or emotional disorder.2


• About 2.4 million Americans, or 1.1 percent of the adult population,

lives with schizophrenia.1


• Bipolar disorder affects 5.7 million American adults, approximately

2.6 percent of the adult population per year.1


• Major depressive disorder affects 6.7 percent of adults, or about

14.8 million American adults.1 According to the 2004 World Health

Report, this is the leading cause of disability in the United States

and Canada in ages between 15-44.3


• Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive

disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized

anxiety disorder and phobias, affect about 18.7 percent of adults,

an estimated 40 million individuals. Anxiety disorders frequently

co-occur with depression or addiction disorders.1


• An estimated 5.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health

and addiction disorders.4 Of adults using homeless services, 31

percent reported having combination of these conditions.5


• One-half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14,

three-quarters by age 24.6 Despite effective treatments, there

are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first onset of

symptoms and when people seek and receive treatment.7


• Fewer than one-third of adults and one-half of children with a

diagnosable mental disorder receive mental health services in a

given year.2


• Racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to have access to mental

health services and often receive a poorer quality of care.8


• In the United States, the annual economic, indirect cost of mental

illness is estimated to be $79 billion. Most of that amount—

approximately $63 billion—reflects the loss of productivity as a

result of illnesses.2


• Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk

of having chronic medical conditions.9 Adults living with serious

mental illness die 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely

due to treatable medical conditions.10


• Suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death in the Unites States

and the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 years.

More than 90 percent of those who die by suicide have a

diagnosable mental disorder.11


• In July 2007, a nationwide report indicated that male veterans are

twice as likely to die by suicide as compared with their civilian peers

in the general United States population.12


• Twenty-four percent of state prisoners and 21 percent of local jail

prisoners have a recent history of a mental health disorder.13

Seventy percent of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least

one mental disorder with at least 20 percent experiencing significant

 functional impairment from a serious mental illness.14


• Over 50 percent of students with a mental disorder age 14 and

older drop out of high school—the highest dropout rate of any

disability group.15


References 1 “NIMH: The numbers count—Mental disorders in America.” National Institute of Health. Available at

2 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, Md., U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental

Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services,1999, pp. 408409, 411.

3 “NIMH: The numbers count—Mental disorders in America.” National Institute of Health. Available at [Citing 2004 World Health Report Annex Table 3

Burden of disease in DALYs by cause, sex and mortality stratum in WHO regions, estimates for 2002. Geneva: World Health Organization].

4 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2007, February). National Outcome Measures (NOMs) for Co-occurring Disorders. [Citing 2005 data from the National Survey on

Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)].

5 Burt, M. (2001). “What will it take to end homelessness?” Urban Institute: Washington, D.C., p. 3. Available at

6 Kessler, R., Berglund, P., Demler, O., Jin, R., Merikangas, & Walters, E ., Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders in the National Co-morbidity Survey Replication

(NCSR). General Psychiatry, 62, June 2005, 593-602.

7 Wang, P., Berglund, P., et al. Failure and delay in initial treatment contact after first onset of mental disorders in the National Co-morbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). General Psychiatry, 62,

June 2005, 603-613.

8 New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America. Final Report. United States Department of Health and Human Services:

Rockville, MD, 2003, pp. 49-50.

9 Colton, C.W. & Manderscheid, R.W., ( 2006, April). Congruencies in increased mortality rates, years of potential life lost, and causes of death among public mental health clients in eight States.

Preventing Chronic Disease: Public Health Research, Practice and Policy, 3(2), 1-14. Available at

10 Manderscheid, R., Druss, B., & Freeman, E . (2007, August 15). Data to manage the mortality crisis: Recommendations to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Washington, D.C.

11 National Institute of Mental Health. Suicide in the U.S.: Statistics and prevention. Available at

12 Kaplan, M.S., Huguet, N., McFarland, B., & Newsom, J.T. (2007). Suicide among male veterans: A perspective population-based study. Journal of Epidemiol Community Health, 61(7), 619-624.

13 Glaze, L.E. & James, D.J. (2006, September). Mental Health Problems of Prison and Jail Inmates. US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics: Washington, D.C.

14 Skowyra, K.R. & Cocozza, J.J. (2007) Blueprint for change. National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice; Policy Research Associates, Inc. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Prevention. Available at

15 U.S. Department of Education. Twenty-third annual report to Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Washington, D.C., 2006


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