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13 Shocking Facts That Show How Widespread Mental Illness Is In The U.S.

An average of 108 lives are lost to suicide each day.

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This data reflects the most recent information available in the United States gathered from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. These mental illness statistics may not represent the full extent of the problem due to underreporting.

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According to CDC.
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According to CDC.

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According to CDC from a study conducted by Croby AE, Han B, and Ortega (2008-2009).
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According to CDC from a study conducted by Croby AE, Han B, and Ortega (2008-2009).

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health.
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According to CDC.
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According to CDC.

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According to CDC from a study conducted by Pratt and Brody (2005-2006).
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According to CDC from a study conducted by Pratt and Brody (2005-2006).

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According to CDC.
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According to CDC.

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According to CDC.
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According to CDC.

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According to NAMI from data collected by the Surgeon General & NAASP.
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According to NAMI from data collected by the Surgeon General & NAASP.

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According to CDC.
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According to CDC.

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According to CDC.
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According to CDC.

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According to CDC.
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According to CDC.

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*Frequent Mental Distress occurs when a person suffers between 14-30 "mentally unhealthy days" each month. This includes suffering from depression, stress, or emotional issues which can affect people from participating in their usual activities such as work, social outings, or self-care. According to CDC from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Health Related Quality of Life survey.
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*Frequent Mental Distress occurs when a person suffers between 14-30 "mentally unhealthy days" each month. This includes suffering from depression, stress, or emotional issues which can affect people from participating in their usual activities such as work, social outings, or self-care.

According to CDC from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Health Related Quality of Life survey.

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According to CDC.
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According to CDC.

If you are in crisis, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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