Facts and Statistics

Man sitting on park benchDepression

  • 14.8 Million Americans suffer from Major Depression. (National Institute of Mental Health, 2005)
  • Up to 80 percent of people treated for depression start to feel better within four to six weeks of starting medicine, therapy, support groups, or a combination of treatments. (National Institute of Health, 1998)
  • Depression occurs in 40-65% of people who have experienced a heart attack, in 10-27% of stroke survivors, and 25% of people diagnosed with cancer. (National Institute of Mental Health, 1999)

Mental Disorders

  • 1 in 4 adults-26.2 percent of Americans age 18 and older -suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. (Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005)
  • Mental Disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada for people between the ages of 15 and 44. (World Health Report, 2004)
  • Forty-five percent of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity. (Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005)

Substance Abuse

  • Over 22 million people abuse drugs and alcohol. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2003)
  • Alcoholism is a factor in about 30% of all completed suicides. (National Center for Health Statistics, 2005)


  • Over 32,000 people in the United States die by suicide every year. Suicide is the 4th¬†leading cause of death for adults between the ages of 18 and 65 in the U.S.(National Center for Health Statistics, 2005)
  • 90% of all people who die by suicide have a diagnosable and treatable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. (National Center for Health Statistics, 2005)
  • Between 30 and 70 percent of suicide victims suffer from depression or bipolar disorder. (Mental Health America, 2007)
  • Eight out of ten suicidal people give some sign of their intentions. A person that talks about suicide, threatens to commit suicide, or calls a suicide crisis center is 30 times more likely than average to kill themselves. (Mental Health America, 2007)