Mental Health Statistics

Mental Health Statistics

(Please keep in mind these do change with time)



  • The impact of mental illnesses on personal health issues accounts for more than 15% of the burden of disease in the world health market. This is more than the disease burden caused by all cancers. (WHO and Harvard University research study)
  • More than 57.7 million Americans have a mental disorder in any given year, although fewer than 8 million seek treatment. (NIMI, 2004)
  • Depression and anxiety disorders – the two most common mental illnesses – each affect 19 million American adults annually. (NIMI, 1999)
  • The estimated economic burden of depression was $43.7 billion: $31.3 billion for indirect costs such as decreased productivity and lost work days, and $12.4 billion in direct costs such as medication and physician time. (NMHA, 2000)
  • Grief – 30 million people grieve each day in the United States. Employers can’t afford to ignore grief. (United Behavioral Health Source)
  • Up to one-half of all visits to primary care physicians are due to conditions that are caused or exacerbated by mental or emotional problems (Collaborative Family healthcare coalition, 1998) 
  • Two out of ten people suffering from clinical depression start with stress.
  • Mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and in Canada for ages 15-44.
  • In 2004, approximately 11 in 100,000 people died from suicide in the U.S. and more than 90% of those people had a diagnosable mental disorder. Four times as many men as women die from suicide although two to three times as many women attempt the act of suicide.



  • Psychological problems are responsible for 61% of absences from work each year, 65-86% of employee terminations and 80-90% of industrial accidents.
  • An estimated one million workers are absent on an average workday because of stress related complaints (The American Institute of Stress, 2000)
  • Unscheduled absenteeism costs employers as much as $688 per employee per year. (AIS)



  • One third of the workforce cares for children under the age of 18. Childcare referral programs can reduce employee absenteeism due to childcare needs by 40%.
  • One third of all employees lose time from work due to caregiving.
  • Approximately 25% of working parents worry about their children during the day.
  • 90% of the population has a need for legal or financial services and 70% do not seek legal counsel due to fear of the cost.



  • 40% of industrial fatalities and 47% of industrial injuries are linked to alcohol/drug consumption and alcoholism.
  • 36% of all employee thefts were directly related to drug problems of abusing employees.
  • Drug-reliant employees incur 300% higher medical costs and benefits compared to healthy co-workers. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce 1990)
  • Nearly one-fourth of a drug dependent employee’s salary is lost due to increased use of medical benefits.
  • 70% of all current adult illegal drug users are employed. (CSAT, 1999)