Today, one out of every four people on this planet will be affected by a psychiatric illness at some point in their life, and an estimated 15 million people are affected annually by traumatic brain injury. Brain disease and injury are the number one cause of disability worldwide, and are estimated to surpass many diseases as the major cause of death by 2020. 90% of those who die by suicide had one or more mental disorders. Psychiatric illnesses are the number one cause of disability worldwide, and are estimated to surpass many diseases as the major cause of death by 2020. In parallel, it is estimated that nearly 1 million people worldwide will end their lives by suicide, with 90% of these people having a psychiatric condition.
Untreated brain illness or injury is a life-altering condition that significantly debilitates individuals, their friends and families, and the surrounding economy. The global economic burden from mental illness alone is estimated at nearly $2.5 trillion per year, projected to rise to $6 trillion by 2030. Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. Suicide accounted for $50.8 billion (24%) of the fatal injury cost in the US.
Suicide now claims more lives than automobile accidents each year and some leaders in the mental health field believe that our deteriorating mental health care system is partially to blame.
MENTAL HELATH FACTS:
MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE CONDITIONS ARE COMMON
18% of adults have a mental health condition; that’s over 43 million Americans
Nearly all have a co-occuring substance abuse disorder
9.6 million experience suicidal ideation
MOST AMERICANS LACK ACCESS TO CARE
56% of American adults with mental illness did not receive treatment
7.7% of YOUTH had NO access to mental health services through their private insurance
1 in 5 report an unmet need
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH IS WORSENING AND ACCESS TO CARE IS LIMITED
In a five year period, rates of severe youth depression have increased from 5.9% to 8.2%; that’s enough to fill every major league baseball stadium on the East Coast twice.
Over 1.7 million youth with major depressive episodes DID NOT receive treatment
THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF PROVIDERS
In Alabama there’s only one mental health professional per 1,260 people. To meet the need for mental health care, providers in the lowest ranked states would have to treat six times as many people that providers in the highest ranked states.
HEALTHCARE REFORM IS HELPING
Rates if uninsured adults with a mental illness decreased by 5%.
States that increased medicaid expansion saw greater improvement in youth coverage and had fewer unsecured adults with mental illness.