Resources 

+ Get Immediate Help

If you or someone you know are in crisis mode and/or contemplating suicide:

Other Support Hotlines:

The Crisis Call Center at 1-800-273-8255

The Samaritan’s Crisis Hotline at 1-212-673-3000

The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673

The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7223

The National Crime Victim Helpline at 1-800-394-2255

Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860

The GLBT National Help Center at 1-888-843-4564

+ Helping Friends or Family with Mental Illness

+ Resource Centers

+ Finding Local Resources and Support Groups

  • Dial 211: 2-1-1 is available in most parts of the US and Canada by phone, text and web. A toll-free call to 2-1-1 connects those in need to a community resource specialist that can help find services and resources locally for health, safety, and welfare issues

+ Grief and Bereavement Resources

+ Ways to Help

  • Listen, talk, and share. Stigma is still the most powerful deterrent for people seeking treatment for mental illness and addiction. The average time between onset of symptoms and initial treatment for mental health patients is 10 years. Help solve this through a committment to being StigmaFree by practicing these 9 steps in your everyday life.

Mental Illness and Addiction by the Numbers

20% of youth aged 13-18 live with a mental health condition

20% of adults in America experience a mental illness in a single year

50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14; 75% begin by age 24

Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness

African Americans and Hispanic Americans each use mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans

 

The Effects

Nearly 50% of youth aged 8-15 with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.

Nearly 60% of adults with a mental illness didn’t receive mental health services in the previous year.

Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for adults aged 18–44.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10-34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.

An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

Over one-third (37%) of students with a mental health condition age 14­–21 and older who are served by special education drop out—the highest dropout rate of any disability group.

+ Sources

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Any Disorder Among Children. (n.d.) Retrieved May 28, 2018, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-disorder-among-children.shtml

National Alliance on Mental Illness: Any Mental Illness (AMI) Among Adults. (n.d.). Retrieved May 28, 2018, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-mental-illness-ami-among-adults.shtml

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings, NSDUH Series H-50, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4927. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Retrieved May 28, 2018 from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development. (2011). The 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. Retrieved May 28, 2018, from https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2010HomelessAssessmentRep