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Mental Health Facts & Figures

It's not a mental illness, it's a medical condition...

Mental Health

  • 1 in 5 adults live with a mental illness

  • 50% of chronic mental illness starts before 14 years of age

  • 25% of people have been faced with making a decision between paying for daily necessities vs. mental health care

  • 46% of people would not know where to go to get mental health care

  • the number of 18-29 year olds needing therapy but not getting it has increased by 30%  (2019 figures)

  • 31% of parents of children aged 2-18 report their mental health being 31% worse than before COVID (JED Foundation Survey)

Depression & Anxiety

  • Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide (WHO)

  • 13.3% of adolescents aged 12-17 years have had at least one major depressive episode (3.2m teens)

  • 35% of adults with major depressive episodes did not receive treatment

  • The likelihood of women suffering from a major depressive condition is almost double compared to men


  • There is 1 death from suicide every 11 minutes

  • Suicide is the leading cause of death for individuals from 15 to 24 years of age

  • Women attempt suicide more often than men BUT suicide rates are 4x higher for men

  • Suicide & suicide attempts cost the US almost $79 billion/year in lifetime medical & work-loss costs

  • 6% of US Instagram users reported suicidal thoughts traced to the app; in the UK, it was 13%

  • Suicide deaths for children ages 10 to 14 nearly tripled (+178%) from 2007 to 2017


  • Highest prevalence for PTSD is early 40s for men and early 50s for women; median onset age of 23

  • 7-8% of the U.S. population will have PTSD at some point in their lives

  • More than 8 million adult Americans have PTSD

  • Symptoms usually begin within 3 months of a traumatic event but can show up years after an event


  • On average, 20 people per minute are physically abused bay an intimate partner in the US

  • 1 in 4 women experience severe intimate partner physical violence

  • On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines

  • The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increase the risk of homicide by 500%

  • 1 in 5 women has been raped in the U.S.

  • In Missouri 26,000 requests for services went unmet due to lack of resources


  • Fatal drug overdoses increased 30% in 2020, reaching a record high of 93,331 (CDC)

  • 70% of users who try an illegal drug before age 13 develop a substance abuse disorder within the next 7 years compared to 27% of those who try an illegal drug after age 17

  • The national opioid prescription rate peaked in 2012 with over 255 million prescriptions, an average of 81.3 prescriptions per 100 persons.

  • Between 2016 and 2017, global opium production jumped 65%