By The Numbers

Mental Health Statistics

  • 1 in 5 Americans have experienced some sort of mental illness (SAMHSA)

  • Mental Health problems are more common than cancer and heart disease combined (SAMHSA)

  • Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. 4.2% experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.(NIMH)

  • Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.(NIMH)

  • 1.1% of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.(NIMH)

  • 2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.(NIMH)

  • 6.9% of adults in the U.S. had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.(NIMH)

  • 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.(NIMH)

  • An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.(HUD)

  • Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year.(SAMSHA)

  • Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions.17 Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions.(NASMHPD)

  • Although military members comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent 20% of suicides nationally. Each day, about 22 veterans die from suicide. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Mental Health Services, Suicide Prevention Program. (2013). Suicide Data Report, 2012)

  • Number of visits (to physician offices, hospital outpatient and emergency departments) with mental disorders as primary diagnosis: 63.3 million (CDC, 2009-2010)

  • Approximately 26 percent of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46 percent live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders (HUD, 2011)

  • Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. (117 Insel, T.R. (2008). Assessing the Economic Costs of Serious Mental Illness. The American Journal of Psychiatry. 165(6), 663-665.)