Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives and to celebrate recovery from mental illness.
Each year, millions of Americans face mental illness. In fact, more than 51 million people experienced mental illness in 2019.
1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 youth experience mental illness each year.
It is estimated that only 45% of adults and 51% of children with mental illness receive treatment.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting more than 19% of the adult population each year.