State of the Mental Health Crisis

The following are the latest statistics available from the National Institute of Mental Health Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health:

  • 87,000,000 million or 26% of Americans ages 18 and older -- about 1 in 4 adults -- suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year
  • 90% of Americans say Mental Health is a crisis, according to a new national poll from CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation

Suicide Crisis

The following are the latest statistics available from Center for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Suicide is a leading cause of death.
    • Over 130 American die each day due to suicide.
    • Almost 44 Veterans die each day due to suicide.
  • Suicide affects all ages:
    • Suicide is the 9th leading cause of death for people ages 10-64 in the US.
    • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in young people ages 10 to 24.
    • Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally.
  • Suicidal ideation is even more common:
    • In 2020, 12.2 million American adults seriously thought about suicide3.2 million planned a suicide attempt1.2 million attempted suicide