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.


MENTAL ILLNESS Is A Topic For Discussion

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

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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…

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…