Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and behave, and it influences how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Just like our physical health, mental health is essential for leading a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Recent studies have shown an increase in mental health disorders across the US. Here in Indiana, we trend even higher than most parts of the country.
Poor mental health can also lead to a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, but poor mental health does not always indicate the presence of a mental illness.
Mental illnesses caused by poor mental health include but are not limited to, anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia and many others. In the United States, one in every five adults will suffer from a mental health disorder each year, and one in every six children aged 6 to 15 will suffer from a mental health disorder each year (Nami.org, 2022a).
In 2019, one in every three high school students in the United States reported feeling sad or hopeless a 40% increase from those who reported in 2009 (CDC, 2022b).
Individuals with poor mental health are more likely to engage in substance abuse and suicide; it has been reported that 46 percent of those who die by suicide in the United States had a known mental health condition (Nami.org, 2022b).
In the United States, alcohol was involved in 22% of suicide deaths, and the use of alcohol and/or illicit drugs increases the likelihood of developing a mental disorder (SAMHSA, 2022).