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Facts About Mental Illness
Mental illnesses are medical conditions characterized by altered thinking, mood or behavior that causes distress or impaired functioning. Mental illness affects people of every age, race, religion, and income. It is not the result of a flawed character, weak resolve, or lack of intelligence. You can’t “just get over it.”
Mental illnesses exact enormous human and economic costs worldwide, but these diseases are treatable. People can — and do — regain their mental health through a combination of good medical and psychiatric care, community support services and meaningful relationships.
The Clubhouse model is an evidence-based best practice for the cost-effective, comprehensive and holistic promotion of health, wellness and community reintegration. The Clubhouse provides a community of belonging, purpose and meaningful relationships. Members of Clubhouses have higher rates of employment and wellness and lower rates of hospitalization and incarceration.
One person in 100 develops schizophrenia.(1)
Four of the 10 leading causes of disability for persons age 5 and older are mental disorders. (2)
Among developing nations, including the United States, major depression is the leading cause of disability. Also near the top of these rankings are bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.(3)
Among developing nations, mental disorders collectively account for more than 15% of the overall burden of disease from all causes and slightly more than the burden associated with all forms of cancer.(4)
In the United States …
For about 1 in 5 Americans, adulthood – a time for achieving productive vocations and for sustaining close relationships at home and in the community – is interrupted by mental illness and less than 40% of these adults receive treatment. Five percent experienced a serious mental illness.(5)
Percentages of the adult population (ages 18 and above) with severe mental disorders in a given year: (6)
Schizophrenia – 1.1%
Bipolar Disorder – 2.6%
Major Depressive Disorder – 6.7%
Panic Disorder – 2.7%
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – 1.0%
Almost 2.5 million people are affected by schizophrenia in any given year. An estimated 1 in 10 young men with the illness dies by suicide. (7)
Mood disorders such as major depression and bipolar disorder affect nearly 20 million adults each year. (8)
More than 90% of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable mental disorder, commonly a depressive disorder or a substance abuse disorder. (9)
Nearly twice as many women (12%) as men (6.6%) are affected by a depressive disorder each year. (10)
The median cost of a psychiatric hospitalization is $600 a day. For the cost of five days in the hospital, Magnolia Clubhouse can provide services to a member for a year with a full complement of community support services and opportunities for employment, education, and socialization.
1 Murray CJL, Lopez AD, eds. Summary: The global burden of disease: a comprehensive assessment of mortality and disability from diseases, injuries, and risk factors in 1990 and projected to 2020. Cambridge, MA: Published by Harvard School of Public Health on behalf of the World Health Organization and World Bank, Harvard University Press, 1996.
5 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
6 National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), The Numbers Count: Mental Disorder in America, 2008.
9 Hoyert DL, Kochanek KD, Murphy SL. Death: final data for 1997. National Vital Statistics Report, 47 (19). DHHS Publication No. 99-1120. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 1999.
10 Narrow WE. One-year prevalence of depressive disorders among adults 18 and over in the U.S.: NIMH ECA prospective data. Unpublished.