Stigmas and Statistics

Mental Health – Fact or False?

See how many of these 10 statistics on mental health trends you can answer correctly. Are these statements facts…or fiction? Read through each one and take your best guess. You might be surprised by the answers! (Answers below – with descriptions)

  1. 1/2 of all chronic mental illness happens before age 14. 3/4, happening by age 25.
  2. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.
  3. 90% of state prisoners have a recent mental health history.
  4. 20% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental condition.
  5. 60% of adults with mental illness have not received professional help in the last year.
  6. 1 in 200 Americans live with Schizophrenia.
  7. 8% of youth have an anxiety disorder.
  8. The average delay between onset of symptoms and treatment is 8-10 years.
  9. Out-of-control or risk-taking behavior is NOT a warning sign.
  10. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth between 10-24 years old.



  1. FACT.
  2. FACT.
  3. FICTION – Only 24% of state prisoners have a recent mental health history.
  4. FICTION – 90% of those who die by suicide have a mental condition they battle with.
  5. FACT.
  6. FICTION- 1 in 100 Americans live with schizophrenia…a much smaller ratio!
  7. FACT.
  8. FACT.
  9. FICTION- Risk-taking and out of control behavior is a huge warning sign of an underlying mental health issue that should be treated.
  10. FACT.

*Bringing awareness to these trends, among others, is so important. More people than we realize struggle each day with their own condition, diagnosed or not. Let’s start speaking up, lending a listening ear, and helping one another be healthy! #10 was probably the most shocking to me. Suicide should never be the answer, let alone for someone so young. For more information and statistics, click the resource below.

Resource: NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness

How a Simple Smile Can Make All the Difference

1 in 5 adults have a mental condition. Think of 5 adults you see every day…they could be co-workers, family members, friends, you name it. Chances are, at least one of those people are struggling with something within themselves. Wouldn’t you want to help if you know you could make a difference?

An article titled: How a Single Smile From a Stranger Saved My Life  depicts it perfectly. Here, a woman describes in detail of how she was feeling terribly alone, lost, and e7dea074251d522695901fa84481fac2invaluable. Then, all of a sudden, a perfect stranger simply waves at her and smiles.

She quotes, “A simple smile is the most inexpensive random act of kindness you can give – it could even change a life.”

If you are reading this, I encourage you to start smiling at people passing by more often. I’m not talking about full-on teeth-y, gummy smile…just a soft smile that is enough to show someone that you acknowledge their presence and hope they are having a good day. Chances are, you will even get a smile back! If you are in an elevator with someone, ask them simply “How are you today?” Show people you care, and they will show it right back.

Lifting the stigma and connecting with one another starts with you! It starts with each one of us, individually. Let’s radiate positivity today! ♥ After all, everyone smiles in the same language.

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