When most people think of mental illness there is a stigma that comes with the term. Most people have negative "thoughts" about it. There are so many stereotypes out there about people who suffer from a mental illness. Lindsay Holmes, a contributor writer for the Huffington Post, has put together a few stats that prove that mental illness is not just a personal issue but it is an issue for everyone.
- 20 percent of people in the United States
- 5 years are lost due to premature death, according to the Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALY)
- Serious mental illnesses costs Americans around $193 billion per year
- The suicide rate has increased by 24 percent over the last 15 years.
- 90 percent of people who die by suicide had an underlying mental health condition
- The estimated reduction in earnings for a person with a serious mental illness is $16,306
- 59 percent of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition haven't sought help in the last year.
- One third of adults with a mental illness are likely to be victims of violence
- The estimated global cost of mental illness is $2.5 trillion
- 75 percent of people with a mental illness feel like others are not caring or sympathetic
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