The American Medical Association describes mental illness
as the nation's number one health problem. It sends more people
to the hospitals than cancer, lung and heart disease combined.
More than 54 million Americans (1 in 5) have a mental disorder
in a given year, but only 8 million (16%) seek treatment.
Up to half of all visits to primary care physicians are due
to conditions caused or exacerbated by psychiatric or emotional
One in five children has a diagnosable mental, emotional
or behavior disorder.
Thirty thousand Americans commit suicide each year and 500,000
Americans attempt suicide annually.
Each year, depression costs the U.S. economy $43.7 billion,
including the $31.3 billion for indirect costs such as decreased
productivity & lost work days.
Fifty percent of the morality from the 10 leading causes
of death in the U.S. can be attributed to behavioral factors,
With proper & adequate treatment, most people who suffer
with a psychiatric disability can recover