Half of all Americans will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Mental health disorders cross cultural, social, economic and political party lines. They affect us all, our friends, our families and our communities. When effective mental health care is unavailable or inaccessible the cost is substantial. We all pay whether in increased hospitalizations, workforce loss, broken relationships, abuse, incarceration or actual loss of life.
Rates of mental illness are on the rise in the U.S. and more than half of adults diagnosed are not receiving treatment, according to the latest data from advocacy group Mental Health America. Rates of youth depression rose from 8.5% to 11.1% from 2011 to 2014. Of those with severe depression, 80% are not receiving any or sufficient treatment.
Nearly 1 in 6 California adults has a mental health need, and approximately 1 in 20 suffers from a serious mental illness that makes it difficult to carry out major life activities. 1 in 13 California children suffer from a mental illness that limits participation in daily actives reports the California Healthcare Foundation.
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