The Campaign’s Progress

The campaign launched with 50 partners and now has over 520 partners today. Because of these amazing partnerships, over 26 million Americans have been exposed to the Five Signs of Emotional Suffering via our partners, and 195.5 million external media impressions have been created through our various media outlets.

520+ Partners
6.5 Million Reached
5 Million Reached
763,000 Total Site Visits

*totals as of October 2016

Mental Health Concerns/Mental Disorders

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally.

  • An estimated 5 million or 18.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older—about one in five adults— experience a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. (SAMHSA 2014)
  • Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the United States and Canada. Many people have more than one mental disorder at a given time. Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for two or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity. (NIMH 2005)
  • In 2006, $57.5 billion was spent on mental health care in the United States, equivalent to the amount spent on cancer care. (NIMH 2011)
  • Much of the economic burden of mental illness is not the cost of care but the loss of income due to unemployment, expenses for social supports, and a range of indirect costs related to a chronic disability that begins early in life. (NIMH 2011)
  • One-half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, three-quarters by age 24. (NIMH 2005)
  • Twenty-four percent of state prisoners and 21 percent of those in local jails have a recent history of a mental health disorder. Seventy percent of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental disorder, with at least 20 percent experiencing significant functional impairment from a serious mental illness. (NAMI 2011)
  • Over 50 percent of students age 14 and older with a mental disorder drop out of high school—the highest dropout rate of any disability group. (NAMI 2011)


  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 20–25 percent of the homeless population in the United States has some form of severe mental illness. (SAMHSA 2009)
  • In comparison, only 6 percent of Americans are severely mentally ill. (NIMH 2009)
  • In a 2008 survey performed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, leaders of 25 cities were asked for the three largest causes of homelessness in their communities. Mental illness was the third largest cause of homelessness for single adults (mentioned by 48 percent of cities). And mental illness was mentioned by 12 percent of city leaders as one of the top three causes of homelessness. (U.S. Conference of Mayors 2008)


  • In 2011, more people died by suicide in the United States (39,518) than in motor vehicle crashes (32,367). (CDC 2011; NHTSA 2011 Annual Report File)
  • More than 90 percent of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable mental disorder, most commonly a depressive disorder or a substance abuse disorder. (NIMH 2010)
  • The VA estimates that 22 veterans die by suicide each day. (VA 2013)
  • The highest suicide rates in the United States are found among white men over age 85. (CDC 2013)
  • Four times as many men as women die by suicide; however, women attempt suicide two to three times as often as men. (CDC 2012)
  • For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. (NAMI 2011)

Global Impact

Mental health has a tremendous impact on overall health, economic stability, and security around the world.

  • Recent reports estimate the global cost of mental illness at nearly $2.5 trillion (two-thirds in indirect costs) in 2010, with a projected increase to over $6 trillion by 2030. (NIMH, 2011)
  • Mental illness alone will account for more than half of the projected total economic burden from noncommunicable diseases over the next two decades and 35 percent of the global lost output. (NIMH, 2011)
  • Mental illness in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe ranks first among illnesses that result in disability. In 2010, depression ranked second for global disease burden. By 2030, depression is projected to be the leading cause of years lived with disability worldwide. (NIMH, 2012; World Health Organization, 2012)