Huff Post/Mental Health in 10 Statistics

Thanks  to the Huff Post who gave approval to #EndTheStigma, Aidan.

Here are the Mental Health stats that I worry about. They are US Stats, but I have many US Followers and it isn’t too dissimilar in Europe, as I have studied same. Some stats are a couple of years back, they were at recent time of writing, the closest available There’s a dreadful (reality based) mention of Americans who cannot access care. This is horrifying. It’s my intention to (touch wood) write a piece on Mental Health care in  the USA in the future, as there are many without any Healthcare period.. Finally, Alabama and Nevada are particularly disadvantaged. Very finally, a Stigma against Mental Health in the USA as high as 3/4?  I plan to do my own surveys very soon too, with particular focus on my own Ireland, but also the USA, Canada and possibly England too. All in good time,

Now to Huffington : –


1 in 5

The number of American adults who will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder in a given year.


300 Million

The number of people globally who have depression, according to the World Health Organization. The prevalence of the condition has increased 18 percent in the last decade.


56 Percent

The percentage of the U.S. adults with a mental health condition who do not receive proper treatment, according to a 2016 Mental Health America report. The WHO (World Health Organisation) also found recently that nearly half of people globally with depression do not get medical care.


6 in 10

The number of young people in the U.S. with major depression who will not receive any treatment, according to the Mental Health America report.


9.5 Percent

The percentage of people surveyed by the CDC(Centers for Disease Control) and Prevention in 2014 who did not have health insurance that provided access to a psychiatrist or counselor. The data was analyzed by New York University researchers just recently.


10 Percent

The percentage of people living with a mental health issue in 2014 who could not afford to pay for necessary psychiatric medications, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) numbers analyzed by NYU. This is a rise from 8 percent  in 2006, which was the last time data was collected from the same survey.


24 Percent

The rate of increase in suicides in a 15 year period, according to 2016 data from the CDC (which is separate from NYU’s study). Those who die by suicide are often dealing with undiagnosed, untreated or under-treated mental health issues.



The number of people per one mental health worker in Alabama. According to the Mental Health America report, rural areas in states like Alabama and Nevada have a severe shortage of behavioral health professionals.


1 in 6

The number of people who have taken a prescribed psychiatric drug, such as an antidepressant, at least once, according to a 2016 study published in the journal of  Internal Medicine.


25 Percent

The percentage of people living with a mental health issue who feel like others are caring or sympathetic about their condition. That implies a majority of people with a mental illness may feel shamed or judged. As mentioned above, studies show stigma is a very real problem and stands in the way of people seeking treatment.


Thanks to my friends at HuffPost