Mental Illness is Common: Statistics
- On average, 130 people die by suicide every day.
- Nearly 1 IN 5 in the U.S. lives with a mental illness.
- 1 IN 5 teens and young adults lives with a mental health condition.
- 50% of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, and 75% by the mid-20s.
- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for youth age 15-19.
- Nearly 1 IN 5 university students is affected with anxiety or depression.
- Approximately 10.8 million full-time workers have a substance use disorder.
- About 15% of adults aged 60 and over have a mental disorder.
Mental Illness is Treatable: Resources
- If you or someone you know is in crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255); Veterans: Press 1
- Call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline at: 1-800-985-5990
- Reach the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.
- Contact the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) at: 1-800-931-2237. Text NEDA to 741741
- Find a Mental Health Professional or Psychiatrist
- Find a Behavior Health Provider or Treatment Center
- Find a Federally Funded Health Center
- Find Free and Charitable Clinics
- Take a Mental Health Test
- Learn About Mental Health Conditions
- Learn About Substance Use Disorders
- Learn About Mental Health and COVID
- Know How Mental Illness Impacts Your State
- Know the Law: Parity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Health Insurance Benefits
- Find Resources for Faith Communities
- Find Resources for Faith Leaders
- Find Resources for Family Members and Caregivers
- Find Resources for Frontline Professionals
- Find Resources for Individuals Living with Mental Illness
- Find Resources for Parents
- Find Resources for Physicians
- Find Resources for Senior Citizens
- Find Resources for Students: High School and College
- Find Resources for Survivors of Suicide Loss
- Find Resources for Teachers and School Staff
- Find Resources for Teens and Young Adults
- Find Resources for Veterans & Active Duty
- Find Free Mental Health Education, Skills Training, and Support
There is Hope for Mental Illness: Testimonies
- "Had no idea of appropriate language to use with someone contemplating suicide." ~ Tonya Striplin, Sisters Taking On the Prevention of Suicide (STOPS) Executive Board Vice President & Secretary
- “My very close relative, that I love so dearly, is living today because of Sisters Taking On the Prevention of Suicide.” ~ Ergieleena Teasley, STOPS Executive Board Treasurer
- "For me and my family STOPS has been the Hands and Feet of JESUS! Stops has educated me on mental illness. STOPS has prayed for me, held my hand and supported me in some of the darkest days of dealing with my daughters’ mental illness and my uncertainty of will we get through this. STOPS always helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel." ~ Jett C., a mother who has adult children living with mental illness.
- "The course has provided me with useful resources and made me feel more confident on how to assist in a crisis while professional help arrives." ~ Angie R., a certified mental health first aider.
- "The course was helpful and informative. It better prepared me for the work that I do professionally." ~ Robbie H., a mother who has a college bound son living with mental illness.
- "Life experiences added personal passion to the Mental Health First Aid course. I feel fully equipped!" ~ Karen S., a wife who has a husband living with a mental illness.
- “This organization is going to help!” ~Kayla M., a suicide attempt survivor.
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