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Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week
Can't Talk Staff

It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week! We at Can’t Talk believe it is an important (if hard to say out loud) week for all of us to live stigma free and support the visibility of all who live with illnesses like these every day. The National Alliance on Mental Illness asks that we all take the pledge to learn more about mental illness, talk about it with others, and learn to support those who have a mental illness rather than stigmatizing them.

Check out some sobering statistics on mental illness from NAMI:

  • Approximately one in five adults in the U.S.—43.7 million, or 18.6 percent—experiences mental illness in a given year.
  • Approximately one in 25 adults in the U.S.—13.6 million, or 4.1 percent—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  • Approximately one in five youth aged 13-18 (21.4 percent) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8-15, the estimate is 13 percent.
  • 1.1 percent of adults in the U.S. live with schizophrenia.
  • 2.6 percent of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.
  • 6.9 percent of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
  • 18.1 percent of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and specific phobias.
  • Among the 20.7 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance-use disorder, 40.7 percent—8.4 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.

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Can’t Talk Media is dedicated to talking about mental illness this week. If you want to participate too, you can tweet or post using the hashtag #IAmStigmafree, and you can donate to NAMI, which is dedicated to education and raising awareness for the struggles of people with mental illness and their families.

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