October 4 – 10 is National Mental Health Awareness Week, sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Health, www.nami.org/miaw.

1 in 5 U. S. adults experience mental illness each year.

1 in 25 U. S. adults experience serious mental illness each year.

1 in 6 U. S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year.

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.


Annual prevalence of mental illness among U.S. adults, by condition:

  • Anxiety Disorders: 19.1% (estimated 48 million people)
  • Major Depressive Episode: 7.2% (17.7 million people)
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: 3.6% (estimated 9 million people)
  • Bipolar Disorder: 2.8% (estimated 7 million people)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder: 1.4% (estimated 3.5 million people)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: 1.2% (estimated 3 million people)
  • Schizophrenia: <1% (estimated 1.5 million people)

MIAW is featuring personal stories from real people experiencing mental health conditions at nami.org/personal-stories. By reading about lived experience, people may feel less alone in their mental health journeys.

NAMI Florida