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Stigma is the “mark” resulting from the judgment by others; in this case, the judgment of those with a mental illness. That judgment is often rooted in a lack knowledge or training. The resulting shame or embarrassment from stigma is cited as a primary reason why many people do not seek help when they experience symptoms.

Mental illness is far more common than people realize. Consider these statistics:

  • An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.1
  • Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada. 2
  • Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14.3
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth ages 15 to 24.4 Over 90 percent of children and adolescents who commit suicide have a mental disorder.5
  • Despite its prevalence in our society, mental health still has stigma attached to it.
  • That’s what we want to change. Sharing statistics, facts, information, resources…whatever it takes to help all understand that mental illnesses – from depression to anxiety to more serious and persistent diseases such as bipolar disorder – are treatable diseases.


1., 3. National Institute of Mental Health

2. The World Health Organization

4 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention:  Goals and Objectives for Action.  Rockville, MD:  U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 2001.

5. Shaffer, D., & Craft, L. “Methods of Adolescent Suicide Prevention.” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60 (Suppl. 2), 70-74, 1999.

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Statistics: 

  • 22% of males and 17% of females used illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs within the last year.
  • 5% of people in non-metropolitan, rural countries used illegal drugs compared to 20.2% of people in larger metropolitan counties.
  • Drug use is highest among persons between the ages of 18-25 at 39% compared to persons ages 26-29, at 34%.
  • 70% of users who try an illegal drug before age 13 develop a substance abuse disorder within the next 7 years compared to 27% of those who try an illegal drug after age 17.
  • 47% of young people use an illegal drug by the time they graduate from high school; other users within the last 30 days include:
    • 5% of 8th graders
    • 20% of 10th graders
    • 24% of 12th graders

For more info, go to: The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics

Last Updated: Mon, 05/23/2022 - 11:12am