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Mental Illness Facts

Mental illnesses are biologically-based brain disorders. They cannot be overcome through “will power.” They are not related to a person’s “character” or intelligence.*

About 6% of Americans, or 1 in 17 people, suffer from a serious mental illness. It is estimated that mental illness affects 1 in 5 families in America.*

Mental illnesses usually strike individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood. Mental illness can affect anyone at any age, but the young and the old are especially vulnerable.*

Treatments today for serious mental illness are highly effective. With appropriate treatment, individuals have significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life.*

Early identification and treatment of mental illness is of vital importance.*

*Facts about Mental Illness from nami.org About Mental Illness


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