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Mental Health Facts

surprising? shocking? If such a large number of people with mental illness exist, you probably know someone, or have a friend or family member who has on.
Percent of Americans ages 18 and older who suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year: 26.2

Percentage of people who commit suicide who have a diagnosable mental disorder: 90

Date on which President Bush announced that "health plans should not be allowed to apply unfair treatment limitations or financial requirements on mental health benefits": April 29, 2002

Approximate success rate for the treatment of depression, according to National Institutes on Mental Health: 80

 http://www.mentalhealthportland.org/?p=10944 (lower left column)