Author(s)/Creator(s)

Ashley Van SlykeFollow

Description/Abstract

Roughly 9.8 million adults in the United States, representing 4% of the U.S. adult population, have a diagnosis of a serious mental illness (SMI). An additional 16.1 million (6.7%) have a diagnosed depressive disorder. Millions more know people with serious mental illness or depression. Poor mental health is a massive and growing public health crisis. Its looming presence begs the question: Do we, as a society, truly understand different mental illnesses?

Document Type

Issue Brief

Keywords

mental health, mental health literacy

Disciplines

Other Mental and Social Health | Public Health Education and Promotion

Date

7-2-2019

Acknowledgements

The author thanks Alexandra Punch, Mary Kate Lee, and Shannon Monnat for suggestions on earlier drafts.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

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