facts about mental health

  • 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness.

  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10 - 24.

  • 70% of youth in state and local juvenile justice systems have a mental illness.

  • 37% of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older drop out of school—the highest dropout rate of any disability group.

  • 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness.

  • 6.9% (16 million) of American adults live with major depression.

  • Approximately 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness.

  • Approximately 24% of state prisoners have “a recent history of a mental health condition”.

  • Nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.