How many people struggle with mental health concerns?


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Some 73 million Americans are living with mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).1 An estimated 46 million are battling substance dependence.2 Additionally, data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that more than 100,000 overdose deaths occurred in 2021, a 15 percent increase over 2020 figures.3 Nearly 46,000 people died by suicide in 2020. Overall, 1.2 million people attempted suicide that year.4 See Is there a Mental Health Crisis in America?


1. Anxiety & Depression Association of America (n.d.).

2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2022 December). Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. P. 1. Department of Health and Human Services. 

3. National Center for Health Statistics (2022, May 11). US Overdose Deaths in 2021 Increased Half as Much as in 2020 – But are Still Up 15%. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

4. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2020). Suicide Statistics.