The question is not “Can we afford to do this?” but rather “Can we afford not to?”

The World Economic Forum, recognizing that chronic non-communicable diseases would be the largest cost drivers in health care in the 21st century, asked a group of health economists to estimate global costs and project costs to 2030. Their estimate, based on 2010 data, showed mental disorders as the largest cost driver at $2.5 trillion in global costs in 2010 and projected costs of $6.0 trillion by 2030. (Source: NIMH)

According to a new survey from the American Psychological Association, average stress levels in the U.S. rose from 4.9 in 2014 to 5.1 on a 10-point stress scale. What’s more, there’s been a particular increase in the number of adults who experience “extreme stress,” with 24 percent reporting they were highly stressed last year, compared with 18 percent the year before. (Source: CBS News 2015)

National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) reports the cost of mental health care is upwards of $300 billion each year – this includes treatment, hidden costs, and lost revenue

According to the Word Economic Forum, the costs for mental disorders were greater than the costs of diabetes, respiratory disorders, and cancer combined. (Source: NIMH)

When it comes to ways of coping with stress, the researchers found that having a positive outlook and an emotional support system are key. For example, adults who reported experiencing discrimination and had people they were able to talk to about it and help them make decisions were twice as likely to say that they coped quite or very well compared with those who did not have this support.

A 2015 report by National Institution of Mental Health (NIMH) states that 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression.

Reports from_the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveals there are an estimated 5.2 million Americans who have been, or are, experiencing PTSD.

Depression is estimated to have cost the U.S. economy more than $210 billion in 2010 (including the cost of comorbid, or simultaneously existing, conditions), according to a study published in 2015 in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.  (Source: Everyday Health)

Per the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • An American dies by suicide every 12.3 minutes
  • An American attempts suicide an estimated 1.1 MILLION times each year
  • Veterans comprise 22.2% of suicides.

Mental illnesses are real disorders with real treatments, but too few people receive optimal care. Families of people with serious mental illness live with a patchwork of care and support services and they fear for their loved one’s safety and well-being. Many people with these disorders refuse the treatments available, either because they deny their illness or because part of their illness (paranoia, hopelessness, or phobias) precludes seeking care. And for too many, the treatments we have today are not good enough. While the numbers alone are compelling, the personal stories of families and individuals affected by mental illness complete the picture of why finding ways to prevent and treat mental illness is such an urgent need.  (Source: NIMH)