Here are some important facts and information about mental illness. This will always be updated as the numbers of these statistics change. I will link where I got all of this information below, so you can do your own research!

Most common types of mental disorders:

A mental health disorder characterized by persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life.

A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere with one’s daily activities

A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.

A group of thinking and social symptoms that interferes with daily functioning.

A chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

A disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel, and behave clearly.

Excessive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions).

A serious developmental disorder that impairs the ability to communicate and interact.

A disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event.



» 20-25% of Americans have a diagnosable mental and/or substance use disorder in any given year.

» Only 40% of individuals get treated.

» About 2% have disorders that are long term and disabling.

» 30-40% of homeless adults and 15-20% of people in jails and prisons in the United States have a serious mental illness. Which is also accompanied by substance abuse problems.

» 10% of children have a serious emotional disturbance.

» Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S

» Globally, about 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.

» About 40 million adults in the U.S have an anxiety disorder, which is also the most common disorder.

» 5.7 million adult Americans have bipolar disorder and 60 million worldwide.

» 3.5 million adults in the U.S live with schizophrenia and more than 21 million people worldwide are affected by it.