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National Mental Health Month - May 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017  


Prevalence of Mental Illness

  • Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. – 43.8 million, or 18.5% – experiences mental illness in a given year.
  • Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. – 10 million, or 4.2% – experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13-18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8-15, the estimate is 13%.
  • Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year.
  • Just over half (50.6%) of children aged 8-15 received mental health services in the previous year.
  • African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about one-half the rate of Caucasian Americans in the past year, and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.
  • Half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; and three-quarters begins by age 24. Despite effective treatment, there are long delays—sometimes decades—between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.
  • Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.
  • Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18-44.
  • Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions.



How Your Store Can Promote National Mental Health Month

  • Provide educational brochures on various mental illnesses. Patients waiting in line to pick up their prescriptions can read about and discover things they may not have known before about bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and other mood disorders.
  • Encourage healthy living to your customers.
  • Individuals living with serious mental illness are subject to an increased risk of chronic medical conditions.
  • Offer encouragement tips by including information in prescription bags, posting on your social media accounts and giving customers tips in person. Some suggestions for improving mental well-being include: staying physically active, eating well, valuing yourself and others, talking about your feelings, keeping in touch with friends and family, getting involved in local community activities, and asking for help.
  • Offer free screenings. For example, the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) can help you identify patients with depression. The test monitors the severity of the patient’s mood disorder.


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