hool or career performance. Although many of them have found relief through professional treatment, many, many more never will—but not because treatment is not possible. It is in most cases, but a variety of factors prevent all too many sufferers from getting the help they need or even seeking it out in the first place.
Now is an especially dangerous time. Instances of mental illness and its most negative outcomes—most notably suicide—were already on the rise for the past two decades before the pandemic struck. But the coronavirus crisis—and the stress and uncertainty that came with it—have led to dramatic spikes in the number of people seeking help with problems involving their mental health and well-being.
America’s mental health crisis is now and has for a long time been aggravated by widespread misinformation and ignorance about mental illness and the people who struggle with it. The nature of mental illness is widely misunderstood, as are its causes, consequences, and potential treatments and outcomes. Those who suffer from mental illness battle not only the condition itself, but public perceptions and attitudes that are commonly unhelpful, often harmful, and usually rooted in misinformation. The following attempts to rectify some of that by presenting the most current and accurate information on the most pressing aspects of mental health in America.
Stacker developed a list of 25 key facts about mental health by using data and expert information from sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Mental Health America (MHA), the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
These are the facts about mental illness and the millions of Americans who suffer from it.
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