October 3 marks the beginning of Mental Illness Awareness Week. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and its participants commemorate this first week of October to raise awareness, fight discrimination and provide support to those who live with mental illness.
Today, millions of Americans are living with mental illness and it affects everyone – friends, family, coworkers and communities -- directly or indirectly.
According to NAMI, one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness each year. The annual prevalence among U.S. adults by condition:
- 48 million Americans (19.1%) suffer from anxiety disorders
- 19.4 million Americans (7.8%) experience a major depressive episode
- 9 million Americans (3.6%) suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- 7 million Americans (2.8%) suffer from Bipolar Disorder
- 3.5 million Americans (1.4%) suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder
- 3 million Americans (1.2%) suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- 1.5 million people (less than 1%) suffer from Schizophrenia
Visit the NAMI website to learn more about mental illness and what you can do to help.