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The Ripple Effect of Mental Illness

Having a mental illness can make it a challenge to live everyday life and maintain recovery.


Let’s look at some of the ways mental illness can impact an individual:


Mental illness can put people at an increased risk for chronic diseases


19% The percentage of U.S. adults with mental illnesses who also have substance use disorder


Rates of cardiometabolic disease are twice as high in adults with mental illness


Let’s look at some of the ways mental illness can impact a family:


At least 8.4 million Americans provide care to an adult with an emotional or mental illness


Caregiver spend an average of 32 hours per week providing unpaid care.


1 in 5 children grow up in a home with a parent or parents that suffer from a mental illness.


Let’s look at some of the ways mental illness can impact a community:


20% The percentage of people experience homelessness who also have a serious mental illness.


70% of youth in the juvenile correctional system have at least one mental health condition


1 in 8 emergency room visits are related to mental and substance use disorders


Let’s look at some of the ways mental illness can impact the world:


Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.


Depression and anxiety disorder costs the global economy $1 trillion each year in lost productivity


More than 700,000 people die each year because of suicide.


An individual's recovery is not only about them, but about their family, community, and the




This blog post has been made with love based on information from NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.




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