May is National Mental Health Awareness Month


May is National Mental Awareness Month. Here are some facts that you need to know:


- Approximately 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness in a given year

- Approximately 1 in 5 youth ages 13-18 experience a severe mental disorder at some point in their life

- An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters have a serious mental illness. An estimated 46% have severe mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders

- Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received services in the past year

- Mood disorders, which included major depression and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the US for inviduals aged 18-44

- Adults in the US living with serious mental illness die, on average, 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions

- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, and 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15-24


The EKU Counseling Center is a free, confidential resource for all students and offers an array of services.

For more information on National Mental Health month, or on mental illness, please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness

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Laura Kearns

Published on May 01, 2017