Mental Illness in the United States: Essential Numbers from NAMI

February 6, 2020
Grace Halsey
Grace Halsey

Mental illness affects 1 in 5 US adults every year; some of them are your patients. This brief study of "the numbers" is essential.

Approximately 47.6 million US adults (19.1%) experienced mental illness in 2018; anxiety disorder was most prevalent (19.1%), followed by major depressive disorder (7.2%). Less than half (43.3%) of adults with mental illness received treatment in 2018 and, across the US economy, serious mental illness is responsible for lost earnings totalling $193.2 billion a year.Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34 in the US and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the country.Numbers are powerful, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) who compiled hundreds of recent statistics on mental illness in the US. The numbers reveal how common mental illness is and provide insight into at-risk populations. Review the NAMI numbers in the following slides and consider your own patient population. Awareness is essential.