7 Facts about Mental Illness You Should Know During Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness month and according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness here are 7 facts you should know:

  1. 1 in 5 Children ages 13-18 have or will have a serious illness
  2. 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begins by age 14 and 75% by age 24
  3. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24
  4. 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness
  5. 43.8 million adults experience mental illness in a given year
  6. 1 min 5 Americans experience a mental illness
  7. 1 in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder

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