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.

National Council Mental Health Infogrpahic