An infographic from the National Council for Community Behavioral paints a comprehensive picture of mental illness and mental healthcare in the U.S. The infographic highlights these eye-opening statistics:
- Approximately 57.7 million Americans will suffer from mental illness. That number represents a fifth of the entire population.
- People of all different races are effected by mental illness at about the same rate.
- Women and the 18-25 age bracket are effected at a slightly higher rate.
- On a grading scale of A-F, the national average for U.S. states is a D with several states scoring at or below this mark.
- Approximately two-thirds of homeless people are effected by alcoholism, drug addiction mental illness or some combination of the three.
- About 50 percent of all prison and jail inmates suffer from mental illness.
- There are 250,000 mental healthcare professionals that serve 8 million patients. That means for every one mental healthcare professional there are 32 patients.
- 90 percent of people receiving treatment recover.
The infographic shows that a wide range of Americans are effected by mental illness. The data also shows that proper mental healthcare can be hard to come by. Hopefully, a combination of exposure caused by recent events, more education, and an increase in state funding and legislation will make conditions better for those suffering from mental illness.