Mental Illness Awareness

Mental Illness Awareness

What is Mental Illness?

A mental illness is any conditions that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or moods. Mental illnesses can often affect the person’s ability to carry on in daily life. In addition, family, friends, and communities are also affected.

1 in 5 Americans are Affected by Mental Illness.

Mental Illness By The Numbers

  • Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
  • 51% of people in the U.S. who experience a substance abuse disorder had experienced some form of mental illness.
  • Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year.
  • People with mental illness take an average of 27 sick days per year, while the average person takes closer to 4.

Risk Factors

  • Family history/genetics
  • Lifestyle stress
  • Chronic disease
  • Traumatic Experience
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Unhealthy relationships
  • Brain damage
  • Previous mental health

Symptoms

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling sad or very low
  • Problems concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Low energy
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Substance abuse

If you fall into any of the risk factor categories or have experienced these symptoms. You are not alone, and help is available to you and/or your family.

Call Mental Health Consultants (MHC) at 1-800-255-3081 to request a list of in-network providers.