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Basic Mental Health Statistics
- In 2015, there were an estimated 43.4 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with mental illness within the past year. This number represented 17.9% of all U.S. adults, or 1 out of every 5 people (NIMH, 2015).
- These mental illnesses ranged from mild to severe.
- The majority of individuals with mental illness live productive lives.
- Some individuals suffer from serious mental illness, which means severe impairment and limits in one or more major life activities (financial, occupational, social).
- Others may suffer from persistent mental illness, which is indicated by long durations of impairment.
- There are also episodes of mental illness that are situational in nature and may be due to stress, grief, or substance abuse. The duration and severity of these episodes are often based upon a number of factors including coping skills, social support, treatment, and substance use.
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