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.
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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