Mental Health Statistics
When most people hear “MENTAL HEALTH” they tend to think of some of the worst-case scenarios for people. They think of depression, suicide or schizophrenia. They picture people being violent, people not functioning or recent celebrity breakdowns. But mental health is more than having a mental illness. Mental health is something everyone has. It’s dealing with things like death, divorce, break-ups, lack of sleep, pressure, stress and substance abuse. Here is what you need to know about mental health:
- 20-25% of young people will suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder
- 19% of young people will contemplate or attempt suicide.
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15-19 and is the second leading cause of death among college students.
- Over 66% of young people with a substance abuse disorder have a co-occuring mental health problem
- 4 out of 5 young adult people that comtemplate or attempt suicide exhibit clear warning signs
- 80-90% of people that seek mental health treatment see improvement in their symptoms
- Stereotypes are the largest barrier preventing 66% of young adult people from seeking help
MYTH: Teenagers don’t suffer from “real” mental illnesses- they are just moody.
FACT: 1 in 4 teens has some type of mental health problem in a given year.
-National Institute of Mental Health: Harvard University Study: June 2005
MYTH: Mental illness is not real and cannot be treated.
FACT: Mental disorders are as easy to diagnose as asthma, diabetes and cancer with a range of effective treatments for most conditions.
-Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health
MYTH: Children are too young to get depressed; it must be something else.
FACT: More than 2 million children suffer from depression in the United States and more than half of them go untreated.
-US Center for Mental Health Services
MYTH: Troubled youth just need more discipline.
FACT: Almost 20% of young adults in juvenile justice facilities have a serious emotional disturbance and most have a diagnosable mental disorder.
-US Department of Justice
MYTH: Talk about suicide is an idle threat that doesn’t need to be taken seriously.
FACT: Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among high schools students and the 2nd leading cause in college students. Talk about suicide should always be taken seriously.
The following feelings and experiences are warning signs that someone needs to seek help:
- finding little or no pleasure in life
- feeling worthless or extremely guilty
- crying a lot for no particular reason
- withdrawing from other people
- experiencing severe anxiety, panic or fear
- having very low energy
- losing interest in hobbies and pleasurable activities
- having too much energy, having trouble concentrating or following through on plans
- feeling easily irritated or angry
- experiencing racing thoughts or agitation
- hearing voices or seeing images that other people do not experience
- believing that others are plotting against you
- wanting to harm yourself or someone else