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Advocacy for Mental Health Awareness Month

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Fast Facts from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


Did you know that…

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, and only half of them

receive treatment.

  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience a serious mental illness each year, and only two-thirds

receive treatment.

  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth experience a mental health condition each year, and only half of them

receive treatment.

  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
  • The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years.
  • 122 million people live in Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
  • In 2020, 1 in 5 young people reported that the pandemic had a significant negative impact

on their mental health.

  • In 2020, there was a 31% increase in mental health-related emergency department visits

among adolescents.

  • As of 2021, 1 in 10 young people under age 18 experienced a mental health condition

following a COVID-19 diagnosis.

  • More than three quarters of Americans (76%) say they are not content with the status of

mental health treatment in this country.

  • 7 in 10 Americans (72%) agree that people with mental health conditions face

discrimination in their everyday life.

  • Only half of Americans (53%) say they are familiar with the U.S. mental health care system

#TakeAMentalHealthMoment #MentalHealthMonth

Data from SAMHSA, CDC and others. Find sources for this resource at and in NAMI’s Poll of Public Perspectives on 988 & Crisis Response (2023).

If you or someone you care about is in need of mental health support, please reach out to Envision Wellness WNY (716) 877-6763.