2021 Mental Health Statistics
The following data comes from the National Institute of Mental Health, Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness, John Hopkins Medicine, the Center for Disease Control, and Our World in Data.
- 1 in 5 Americans suffers from a mental illness.
- Almost 6 in 10 people with mental illness get no treatment or medication.
- In 2019, an estimated 47.6 million adults (19% of the country) had a mental illness, but only 43% received any kind of mental health care.
- More than 40,000 Americans die annually from suicide.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It is the second leading cause of death for ages 44 and under and the fifth leading cause of death for ages 45 – 54. For every woman who dies by suicide, four men die by suicide, but women are 3x more likely to attempt suicide.
- Mental health illness rates were significantly higher for adolescents (about 50%) and young adults (about 30%).
- Anxiety disorders are the highest reported mental health issue in the U.S. with 42.5 million Americans suffering from this illness.
- Women experience depression at roughly twice the rate of men.
- Serious mental illness costs the country more than $190 billion in lost earnings every year.
- An estimated 26% of Americans ages 18 and older suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder.
- Almost half of Americans will experience an episode of mental illness in their lives.
- There are 4.5 million children in the United States diagnosed and living with anxiety.
- ADHD, behavior problems, anxiety, and depression are the most common mental disorders affecting children.
- 322 million people worldwide live with depression
- Almost 800 million people suffer from mental health disorders worldwide.