The Numbers I Never Forgot!
Did you know that 41.3% of everyone dealing with mental health issues suffer in silence? Neither did I. But now that I do, I feel like helping – Helping people ask for help.
-“1 in 4 adults experiences mental illness every year. And 1 in 17 lives with a serious mental illness. (1)”
-“Every year 800.000 people die from suicide. That’s 1 death every 40 seconds. (2)”
-“In 2008 41.3% of adults with a serious mental illness did not receive treatment. (3)”
-“Only 25% of adults with mental health symptoms believe that others are caring and sympathetic to persons with mental illness. (4)”
-“Each day about 22 veterans die from suicide. This represents 20% of suicides nationally. (5)”
So, what does this mean? No matter how much people learn about mental health and mental illnesses; no matter how much research is conducted; no matter how many therapists there are… It doesn’t matter if we can’t reach those who actually suffer. How do we help the 41.3%? That’s the question.
It’s been 10 years. How far have we gotten? How many have we helped? And how many have suffered in silence? Sadly, I believe that this number still is way too high. I have to say that we have already come a long way. There are many effective treatments out there. In other words, help is available. It’s easier to talk about it, and it’s easier to open up about mental health issues.
All the best,
1: Social Work License Map – via the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
2: Social Work License Map – via the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
3: Social Work License Map – via the National Institute of Mental Health.
4: Social Work License Map – via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
5: Social Work License Map – via the National Alliance on Mental Illness.