The Facts.

Mental illness is the #1 disability in the world, according to the World Health Organization.

Mental Illness Begins Early.

Half of all lifetime cases begin by age 14; three quarters by age 24.*

1 in 5 Youth Affected.

1 in 5 youth suffers from a diagnosable mental health condition; yet less than 20% of those youth receive treatment.*

Learning is Impacted.

Approximately 50% of students aged 14 and older with mental illness drop out of high school – the highest dropout rate of any disability group.

Mental Illness Shortens Lives.

Americans with major mental illness die on average 14-32 years earlier than the general population.

Suicide Can Happen.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years old.

Treatment Works.

80-90% of people who seek treatment see improvement in their symptoms.***

Living with Mental Illness.

People with mental illness can lead productive, fulfilling, normal lives with proper treatment and support. ***

Early Intervention Can Help.

Early intervention in childhood can dramatically impact the course of mental illness during a person’s lifetime.

Prevention is Possible.

Learning about mental health and about the risks and early warning signs of mental illness is the first step towards prevention.

*National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)     **University of MI MItalk     ***University of TX Health and Science Center     ****National Institute of Mental Health Brain Basics

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