Mental Illness (NAMI)


Mental illness is often silent. It can be invisible, quiet, and yet can effect nearly everything a sufferer does, thinks. It has been taboo to discuss, swept under the rug, and ignorance of it can lead to all sorts of larger problems.

Last night the CASA Executive Director and a few advocates attended a seminar put on by NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness). There speakers told their own stories, detailed their struggles with their mental health symptoms, and talked about coping in everyday life.

The fact is all of us know or love someone who has felt the effects of mental illness. The Huffington Post states that 61,500,000 people annually experience mental disorder. To see the full article scroll on.

19 Statistics That Prove Mental Illness Is More Prominent Than You Think

Whether you’re aware of it or not, chances are you know someone who has been personally affected by a mental health disorder.

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and other mental health disorders are growing in numbers.

And while mental illness is starting to be considered the serious medical condition that it is, when it comes to healthcare, we still have a long way to go before mental health patients are treated with the respect afforded physical health patients. Research shows there’s still stigma surrounding these disorders.

Below are 19 statistics that prove these disorders touch more people than you might think.


The approximate number of Americans who experience a mental health disorder in a given year. That’s one in four adults.


The estimated economic cost of untreated mental illness in the U.S. This includes unemployment, unnecessary disability, substance abuse and more.

70 – 90%

The percentage of individuals with mental illness who saw improvement in their symptoms and quality of life after participating in some form of treatment.


The estimated number of people globally who die by suicide each year.


The approximate amount of people with a mental illness who feel that others arecompassionate or understanding toward those suffering from one of the disorders.


The number of people worldwide who are affected by depression.


The percentage of all U.S. suicides committed by men.


The number of adults who suffer from anxiety disorders in the U.S.


The number of college students who reported feeling depressed to the point where itnegatively impacted their ability to function. Approximately 7.5 percent of college students also reported earlier this year that they seriously considered suicide in the last 12 months.


The (potentially underestimated) number of veterans who die by suicide each day, according to a 2013 report by researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs.


The percentage of children and adolescents whose mental and emotional disorders disrupt their day-to-day lives.


The number of Americans who suffer from schizophrenia. The disorder usually develops between ages 16 to 25.


The percentage of adults who didn’t receive mental health treatment in 2012.


The number of individuals in the U.S. who suffer from some form of bipolar disorder.


The percentage of mothers polled in a recent BabyCenter survey who stated they have been diagnosed with postpartum depression. Approximately 40 percent of them did not seek medical treatment.


The estimated number of adults who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in a given year.


The number of people who die by suicide per hour in the Americas.


The percentage of adolescents who have a depressive disorder before the age of 18.


The percentage of people who die by suicide who also had a mental health disorder.CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated 31 percent of college students have considered suicide, when it is 7.5 percent. The statistic has been updated.

Have a story about mental health that you’d like to share?, or give us a call at (860) 348-3376, and you can record your story in your own words. Please be sure to include your name and phone number.

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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Gaps have been found in mental health coverage right here in Boone County IL. See below to understand how these gaps were found and what is being done to address this.

Committee finds gaps in Boone County’s mental health resources

By Ben Stanley
Rockford Register Star

Posted Apr 29, 2015 at 9:15 PM
Updated Apr 30, 2015 at 1:59 PM

BELVIDERE — Supervising a transitional halfway house, expanding transportation services, and increasing the number of Spanish-language resources are three of six ways a mental health advisory committee says Boone County could fill gaps found in its mental health coverage.After an 18-month assessment of health care providers, support groups and counseling centers, the Boone County Mental Health Advisory Committee found few health care providers and limited treatment options available in the county to residents suffering from mental illness. The committee was formed in 2013 to analyze the area’s mental health resources.The committee described six needs in a draft of its report: faster and better mental illness assessment, more providers and hospital beds, more transportation services, more Spanish-language resources, a halfway house for supported supervision, and a referral service. Children, Spanish-speakers and people without health insurance suffer from a “severe shortage” of mental health resources, according to the report.Many of Boone County’s mentally ill are evaluated for the first time at the county jail after they have already been arrested for behavior triggered by their diseases, the report said.”We have people that come in with various forms of mental illness,” said Lt. John Hare, a committee member and Boone County Jail superintendent. “There is some degree of likelihood that if they had not been suffering from that (illness), then they would not” have been arrested.”It’s fairly common.”Assessment results and several recommendations will be presented to the County Board within the next three months. The cost of implementing those recommendations has not been determined.Bill Hatfield, director of environmental health for the county health department, said the agency doesn’t have the resources to keep track of mental illness statistics. Lack of data has made it difficult to measure the extent of the county’s mental health issues.Most of the county’s 20 mental health and addiction counseling providers direct patients to out-of-county facilities for care. Only one, Rosecrance, which has a clinic in Belvidere, provides all 10 services assessed by the committee. But many of Rosecrance’s services are only available to Boone County patients if they travel to its building in Rockford.According to statistics obtained from Rosecrance, between July 2014 and December 2014, 600 of its clients were from Boone County. Of those clients, 364 were served at Rosecrance’s Belvidere clinic.”For several reasons there is a lack of adequate resources,” said Harriet Roll, Boone County Mental Health Advisory Committee chairman. “Partly because the providers aren’t there and partly because federal, state and local” money isn’t available.Ben Stanley: 815-987-1369;; @ben_j_stanley

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