Mental illness is more common than cancer, heart disease or diabetes.
1 in 5 Americans experience a mental health issue.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds and 10th overall leading cause of death in the US.
In the world over 800,000 people die due to suicide every year. There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide.
Four of 10 leading causes for disability in the US and other developed countries are mental disorders, which include major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Many people suffer from more than one mental health disorder at any given time.
By 2020 it is projected that Depression will be the number one reason for disability.
With proper care and treatment 70-90% of people will experience a significant reduction of symptoms and improvement in quality of life.
Most people that have a mental health illness live in the community and live productive lives.
The average delay between onset of mental health symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years.
According to staff care there are 28,500 practicing psychiatrists in the US. Texas has 1546 psychiatrists. Texas has 5.7 psychiatrists per 100,000 people. The average for the nation is 8.3 per 100,000. A severe shortage is forecasted in the coming years.