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?
mental health, mental health literacy
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The author thanks Alexandra Punch, Mary Kate Lee, and Shannon Monnat for suggestions on earlier drafts.
Van Slyke, Ashley, "How Well do We Understand Mental Health?" (2019). Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion: Population Health Research Brief Series. 87.
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