Debilitating Effects of Non-Treatment
Despite effective treatments, millions of Americans affected by mental illness remain untreated or under-treated for their conditions.
- Due to lack of awareness about mental illness and recovery, stigma or financial barriers, there are often long delays --sometimes decades--between the onset of symptoms and when people first seek treatment.
- Adults with serious mental illness die 25 years younger than other Americans, largely due to an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions that are not treated.
- Without treatment, the consequences of mental illness for the individual and society are staggering: unnecessary disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, inappropriate incarceration,and wasted lives.
- 90% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder.