Mental health affects many people across the globe, but the stigma against struggling with mental health issues and seeking help to manage it remains. Since May in Mental Health Awareness month, Huffington Post explored important numbers to know about mental health to raise awareness.
- 1 in 5
Every year, one in every five adults in the United States is diagnosed with a mental health condition.
- 300 million
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released their findings on depression across the globe. Today, about 300 million suffer from depression – an 18 percent increase in the past 10 years.
- 56 percent
Most people who have a mental health disorder do not get proper treatment of any kind. A Mental Health America report from 2016 found that more than half – 56 percent, to be exact – of U.S. adults with a mental health conditions don’t get treatment. WHO also reported in their findings that about half of the people with depression worldwide do not receive care.
- 6 in 10
The Mental Health America report cited above also found that six in 10 young people in the United States with major depression do not receive treatment.
- 9.5 percent
According to a 2014 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9.5 percent of people do not have health insurance that includes access to a psychiatrist or counselor. Researchers at New York University (NYU) analyzed the data from this survey.
- 10 percent
The 2014 CDC survey also found that 10 percent of people surveyed were unable to afford the psychiatric medications they needed to treat their mental health conditions. This is a 1.3 percent increase from the same survey last given in 2006.
- 24 percent
A separate 2016 study from the CDC found that the suicide rate increased 24 percent over 15 years.
There are 1,200 people for every one mental health worker in the state of Alabama.
- 1 in 6
Despite the stigma against mental health, seeking treatment, and using psychiatric medications, one in every six people have taken a prescribed psychiatric drug.
- 25 percent
Only 25 percent of people with a mental health condition feel supported by other people in regards to their condition.