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Mental Health

Awareness Month

Mental Health Fast Facts

Individual Impact

  • 20.6% of U.S. adults (51.5 million people) experienced mental illness in 2019, but only 43.8% of them received treatment.*

    • 1 in 5 U.S. adults​ experience mental illness each year, but less than half get treatment.

  • 5.2% of U.S. adults (13.1 million people) experienced serious mental illness in 2019, but only 65.5% of them received treatment.*

    • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experiences a serious mental illness each year, but less than two-thirds get treatment.*​

  • 16.5% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 (7.7 million people) experienced a mental health disorder in 2016, but only 50.6% of them received treatment. 

    • 1 in 6 U.S. youth experience a mental health condition each year, but only half get treatment.​

  • 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34 and the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.

  • The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 35% since 1999.

Community Impact

  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth.

  • Transgender adults are nearly 12x more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. 

  • The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years.

  • 55% of U.S. counties do not have a single practicing psychiatrist.*

  • 3.8% of U.S. adults experienced both mental illness and a substance use disorder in 2019 (9.5 million people.)*

  • Mental illness and substance use disorders are involved in 1 our of every 8 emergency department visits by a U.S. adult (estimated 12 million visits). 

  • 20.5% of people experiencing homelessness in the U.S. have a serious mental health condition.*

  • 37% of adults incarcerated in the state and federal prison system have a diagnosed mental illness. 

  • 70.4% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosed mental illness. 

  • 41% of Veteran's Health Administration patients have a diagnosed mental illness or substance use disorder. 

You Are Not Alone.

Working from Home:

Tips and Tactics to Manage Mental Health

Mirror the Office: To help overcome uncertainty, normality, and routine that mirrors the office life's daily patterns and practices can be helpful

  • Create a dedicated work environment: Remote employees and partners should try to create a structured, dedicated work environment to separate home from work.

  • Keep routines: Employees and partners are encouraged to maintain work protocols, including regular hours and appropriate clothing. It is easy to skip lunch and work late into the night without structure.

  • Take breaks: Employees and partners should take regular breaks, like they would in the office, at home.

  • Stay connected: Promote easy access to one another. Share your cell phone numbers, transfer your work phone to your cell and keep the status bar of your availability updated on Skype, Teams, or other internal communications program. 

  • Communicate face-to-face: Research tells us that 7% of communication is accomplished through our words, including email. 38% is voice and a staggering 55% is body language and visual. 

  • Collaborate: Ask for advice from full-time remote colleagues. Many of them have worked remotely, successfully, and they may be happy to help encourage others with their tips and strategies that may help.

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