THE NUMBERS BEHIND THE INVISIBLE EPIDEMIC
An average high school student today likely deals with as much anxiety as did a psychiatric patient in the 1950s.
8.7% of youth (over 2 million youth) cope with severe major depression. Depression in youth often co-occur with other disorders like substance abuse, anxiety and disorderly behavior.
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences a mental illness in a given year. That’s 43.8 million close to 19% of the population.
BREAK THE STIGMA
61.5% of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment. That’s over half the affected youth population going untreated.
ON THE RISE
The rate of youth with Major Depressive Episode (MDE) increased from 11.93% to 12.63%.