Ten Facts on Mental Health

  1. Around 20% of the world's children and adolescents are estimated to have mental disorders or problems, with similar types of disorders being reported across cultures.
  2. Girls aged 13 to 17-years-old are more than two and a half times as likely to suffer from an eating disorder compared to boys their age.
  3. Mental health dollars mostly go toward prescription drugs and outpatient treatment.
  4. About 2.4 million Americans, or 1.1 percent of the adult population, lives with schizophrenia.
  5. Suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death in the Unites States and the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 years. More than 90 percent of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder.
  6. Depression is ranked as the leading cause of disability worldwide.
  7. States cut $1.8 billion from their mental health budgets during the recession.
  8. Mental disorders contribute to unintentional and intentional injury.
  9. Human rights violations of psychiatric patients are routinely reported in most countries. These include physical restraint, seclusion and denial of basic needs and privacy. Few countries have a legal framework that adequately protects the rights of people with mental disorders.
  10. Between 20% and 40% of adolescents with major depression develop bipolar disorder within five years after depression onset.

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