If you are experiencing mental illness of any kind, please remember you are NOT alone. Many people experience mental illness each year. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Below are some statistics to keep in mind:
- About 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness each year. That is roughly 50 million people.* You are not alone!
- Across the U.S. economy, serious mental illness causes over $90 billion in lost earnings each year.*
- The CDC states that about 90% of people who die by displayed symptoms of a mental health condition, according to interviews with family, friends and medical professionals (also known as psychological autopsy).* These stats are overwhelming but should be considered with caution.
It cannot be stressed enough, and it is critically important to remember that a person’s mental health can change over time, depending on many factors. Moreover, just because a person has not suffered mentally their entire life, that does not mean they can’t suffer a mental illness. Situations, finances, biological factors, and more constantly change. Please consider your mental health as a priority throughout your life. Awareness is key.
*National alliance on mental health: https://www.nami.org/mhstats
*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/learn/index.htm
Mental Health Awareness Month is in May. Specifically May 1 through May 31. Please do your part to help.