Mental Illness Is Common

Learn the latest statistics on mental illness.

  • On average, 132 people die by suicide every day.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 adults 18 and older, and 1 in 3 among adults aged 18 to 25, had a mental illness in the past year.
  • 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 age 24.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-14 and 20-34.
  • Nearly 1 IN 5 university students is affected with anxiety or depression.
  • 49% of U.S. workers struggle with alcohol and substance abuse.
  • About 15% of adults aged 60 and over have a mental disorder.
Two women sitting on a couch touching their heads.


MENTAL ILLNESS Is A Topic For Discussion

Read stories, thoughts, and reflections from various resources offering insights on mental health.

A group of women standing next to each other.

She Rises

By Sisters Taking On the Prevention of Suicide | March 12, 2023

I’m sitting here thinking about the challenges we woman face on a daily basis. Though our circumstances are different, we all share the same challenges – health, family, finances, etc. When life gets too overwhelming, (and it’s becoming more often), I run to scripture where I find comfort and peace. So, I’m sharing this “Just…

A purple background with the words " stay here " written in it.

4 Ways to Love Yourself as a Black Woman with Mental Illness | Jul. 03. 2010 | By Kara Lynch

By Sisters Taking On the Prevention of Suicide | February 10, 2024

“After a few years of living in disarray and not working towards my potential, I began soul searching. I realized I could live the life I wanted with my diagnosis—I realized it all started with how I treated myself.” For years, I struggled with the notion that I was “less than†because of my bipolar…

A group of people standing next to each other.

The danger of high-functioning depression as told by a college student | June 10, 2024 | By Upworthy Staff

By Sisters Taking On the Prevention of Suicide | May 27, 2024

“If we keep allowing our perception of what mental illness looks like to dictate how we go about recognizing and treating it, we will continue to overlook people who don’t fit the mold.”