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Hair Facts: 51 Facts About Mental Health and Statistics in The USA

All the facts about mental health you were looking for.

Mental health has been on the rise in recent years, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic. We rounded up interesting and concerning facts about mental health in the United States. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, anxiety, and loneliness, help is available by dialing 988. This Crisis Lifeline is hundred percent confidential and offers professional support 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

1. More than 43 million Americans struggle with mental illness.

2. Youth depression rates have risen from 5.9% to 8.2% since 2012.

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3. Members of the LGBTQ+ community are almost 3 times more likely to experience a mental health issues such as major depression or anxiety disorder.

4. 1 in 4 adults living with serious mental illnesses also struggle with substance abuse.

5. Suicide was the 12th leading cause of death in the United States in 2020.

6. In 2020 45,900 people died by suicide in the United States.

7. Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10-14 and 25-34 in 2020.

8. Suicide was the third leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15-24 in 2020.

9. Suicide was the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 44 in 2020.

10. There were nearly two times as many suicides (45,979) in the United States as there were homicides (24,576) in 2020.

11. In 2020, the females’ suicide rate was the highest among females aged 45-64. 7.9 per 100,000 females.

12. In 2020, the male suicide rate was highest for those aged 75 and older. 40.5 per 100,000 males.

13. 1/2 of all mental health disorders show first signs before a person turns 14 years old.

14. 3 1/2 of mental health disorders begin before age 24.

15. Only 3%–5% of violent acts can be attributed to individuals living with a serious mental illness.

16. Individuals with severe mental illnesses are over 10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population.

17. Mental health is about every person’s emotional, psychological, and social well-being.

18. 1 in five American adults experienced a mental health issue in 2020.

19. 1 in 6 young people experienced a major depressive episode in 2020.

20. In 2020, one in 20 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

21. Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry have a direct effect on our mental health.

22. Trauma or abuse are also direct triggers to mental health.

23. Family history of mental health conditions also are factors that contribute to mental health.

24. Eating or sleeping too much or too little is an early sign of poor mental health.

25. Pulling away from people and usual activities early sign of poor mental health.

26. Having low or no energy early sign of poor mental health.

27. Feeling numb or like nothing, matters is a sign of poor mental health.

28. Having unexplained aches and pains is an early sign of poor mental health.

29. Feeling helpless or hopeless is a sign of mental health issues.

30. Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual is a factor in poor mental health.

31. Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared is a symptom of poor mental health.

32. Yelling or fighting with family and friends are mental health signs.

33. Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships is a result of poor mental health.

34. Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head is a condition of poor mental health.

35. Hearing voices or believing things that are not true are an indication of mental health issues.

36. Thinking of harming yourself or others is a result of severe mental health conditions.

37. The inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school is the result of poor mental health.

38. The COVID-19 pandemic triggers a 25% increase in feelings of anxiety and depression worldwide.

39. 90% of countries registered with the World Health Organization (WHO) are working to provide mental health and psychosocial support to COVID-19 patients and responders.

40. WHO reported that in 2020, governments worldwide spent on average just over 2% of their health budgets on mental health.

41. 1 mental health worker per 100,000 people is the help available reported from low-income countries to the WHO.

42. Positive mental health allows people to realize their full potential.

43. A person knows how to cope with the stresses of life.

44. Positive mental health people work productively.

45. Make meaningful contributions to their communities

46. People with positive mental health know when to get professional help if they need it.

47. Connecting with others is a sign of positive mental health.

48. Staying positive is common among people with positive mental health.

49. Getting physically active is a great way of managing positive mental health.

50. Good habits such as getting enough sleep and helping others are ways of maintaining positive mental health.

51. Developing coping skills is the goal of staying in a positive mental health state.

Sources:, National Institute of Mental Health, CDC, WHO,

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