Mental Health Facts
- In 2010, there were an estimated 45.9 million adults (18 or older) in the US with a mental illness.
- Mental illnesses are more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.
- More than 2/3 of Americans who have a mental illness live in the community and lead productive lives.
- Between 70 and 90 percent of people with mental illnesses experience a significant reduction of symptoms and an improved quality of life with proper care and treatment.
- Every year, as many as 8 million Americans who have serious mental illnesses don’t receive adequate treatment.
- The Secretary of the PA Dept. of Drug and Alcohol programs notes that every $1.00 spent on treatment for addiction recovery saves $7.00 in physical health costs and $5.00 in criminal justice costs.
- The National Institute of Mental Health states that 1 in 4 Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year.
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that the “total overall costs of substance abuse in the United States, including productivity and health- and crime-related costs, exceed $600 billion annually.”
- The NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services released a survey stating that 10% of all American adults (23.5 Million) identify themselves as being in recovery from drug and/or alcohol abuse.
- According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 25.2% of people suffering from any mental illness abuse illicit drugs. Also, 8.8% of all Americans aged 12 or older used an illicit drug in the past month and 4.9% of people aged 12 and older have abused pain killers for non-medical use in the past year.
- Mental-health-recovery.org notes that up to 70% of people in treatment for alcohol dependence are successful, up to 60% of people in treatment for cocaine are successful, and up to 80% of people in treatment for opiate dependence are successful.
- According to WebMD, more than 2/3 of all families in the US have been touched by drug and/or alcohol addiction.