May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness and promote education about mental health concerns. Mental health is an essential part of overall well-being and affects people of all ages. Here are some statistics about mental health in both adults and adolescents:
Mental Health Statistics for Adults:
- According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), approximately 1-in-5 adults in the United States (or 51.5 million) experience mental illness each year
- Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and affects more than 264 million people worldwide
- Suicide rates in the United States have been steadily increasing over the past decade. In 2019, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming the lives of more than 47,500 people
- Mental health concerns can also have a significant impact on physical health. People with mental health concerns are more likely to experience chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity
Mental Health Statistics for Adolescents:
- Approximately 1-in-6 adolescents aged 6-17 in the United States experience a mental health disorder each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents aged 15-19, with approximately 1,700 deaths each year in the United States
- Adolescents who experience mental health concerns are more likely to have academic and social difficulties, engage in substance abuse, and experience physical health problems
Despite these statistics, many people feel ashamed or embarrassed to seek help when they’re struggling. This can lead to a sense of isolation and hopelessness, making it even more difficult to manage symptoms and recover.
During mental health awareness month, it’s important to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health. We all experience ups and downs in life, and sometimes we need extra support to get through difficult times.
Get help today
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health concerns, don’t hesitate to seek help. There are many resources available, including therapy, support groups, and hotlines that can provide support and assistance.
Here at The Light Program, we have Intensive Outpatient Programs and Partial Hospitalization Programs for adolescents and adults in specialties such as mental health, trauma, and substance use. By seeking help and support, you’re taking an important step toward healing and recovery. Reach out to us today to begin your mental health recovery journey.
Written by: Emily Zubriski, Administrative Office Coordinator – TLP Havertown