Prevalence of Mental Illness
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year
- An estimated 26% of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46% live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.
- Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three-quarters by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays --sometimes decades-- betwee the first apperance of symptoms and when people get help.