Mental Health Statistics

Soaring stress, anxiety, drug use, and suicide statistics are scary proof of society’s illness, but individuals can break through and change course.

“Mental health problems affect businesses and their bottom lines in many ways. According to The Life and Economic Impact of Major Mental Illnesses in Canada: 2011 to 2041, a 2011 study conducted by RiskAnalytica for the Mental Health Commission of Canada, just absenteeism and presenteeism (being physically present but otherwise too unwell to be fully productive) due to mental health problems cost Canadian businesses $6-billion annually.” ~ Financial Post, Feb 2013.


  • One in ten U.S. adults report depression. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, 2008)
  • “…the U.S. suicide rate has climbed steadily since 1999, driven by an alarming increase among middle-age adults.” (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 21, 2008)
  • For youth and young adults between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, 2004)
  • Child depression drug use has quadrupled in a decade (BBC News, 2007 “GPs in England wrote more than 631,000 such prescriptions for children in the last financial year, compared to just 146,000 in the mid-1990s.”)
  • 15% of preschoolers struggle with depression and anxiety. (Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2009)



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