May Is Mental Health Awareness Month
Getting help is the best way to manage a mental illness. But the negative attitudes about mental health, both self-imposed and from others, can prevent people from seeking treatment and support. Below are some stats everyone should know about the way we treat mental health conditions.
The number of people globally who have depression, according to the World Health Organization.
The percentage of the U.S. adults with a mental health condition who do not receive proper treatment, according to a 2016 Mental Health America report.
6 in 10
The number of young people in the U.S. with major depression who will not receive any treatment, according to the Mental Health America report.
The rate of increase in suicides in a 15 year period, according to 2016 data from the CDC. Those who die by suicide are often dealing with undiagnosed, untreated, or under-treated mental health issues.
1 in 6
The number of people who have taken a prescribed psychiatric drug, such as an antidepressant, at least once, according to a 2016 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association's JAMA Internal Medicine.
The percentage of people living with a mental health condition who feel like others are caring or sympathetic about their condition, according to the CDC. This implies a majority of people with a mental illness may feel ashamed or judged, furthering the need to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues.
Getting treatment can be life changing and should be embraced. Don't let stigma stand in the way of you or someone you know seeking treatment. Looking for a place to start? See if your employer offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), who can provide guidance and referrals to licensed professional counselors.