Mental Health Facts & Resources


About Mental Health
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that can dramatically impact a person's thoughts, feelings, judgment and ability to function. These conditions can affect people of any age, but often first appear between the ages of 18 and 24. If unaddressed, these illnesses can lead to distress, dangerous behaviors like substance abuse and thoughts of suicide.
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Mental Health Myths and Facts
Can you tell the difference between a mental health myth and fact? Learn the truth about the most common mental health myths.
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Mental Health Data and Statistics
Information on access to mental health and mental illness (MH/MI) surveillance data sources is provided on various MH/MI topics. Data sources include the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Relevant statistics are also presented.
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Reliable Information about Suicide
Suicide Rates of African Americans
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Understanding the Facts of Anxiety
Understanding the Facts of Anxiety Disorders and Depression is the first step.
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Mental Health Fact Sheets
Did you know?  Click the link below to access resourceful fact sheets about mental health.
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Mental Health Statistics and Facts
Let’s talk about mental health statistics. A full one quarter, that’s 25 percent, of Americans suffer from a mental illness in any given year. With an age of onset of about 14 years old, this is a significant portion of the population, but some experts put the estimate closer to one third.
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Mental Health in African Americans
A new national report reveals that 45.9 million American adults aged 18 or older, or 20 percent of this age group, experienced mental illness, but the illness disproportionately targets African Americans.
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Risk Factors for Suicide
Risk factors for suicide are characteristics or conditions that increase the chance that a person may try to take her or his life. Suicide risk tends to be highest when someone has several risk factors at the same time.
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Therapy for Black Girls:
BEAM Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective:
Depressed While Black:
Melanin & Mental Health:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
US Dept of Health: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration:
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill:
Mental Health America:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:
Active Minds: 
Half of Us: 
The Jed Foundation:
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance:
International Bipolar Foundation:
Centers for Disease Control - Mental Health Home Page:
National Institute of Mental Health – Health Info:
Association of Black Psychologists:
American Psychological Association:
American Association of Suicidology:
Minding Your Mind:
Healthy Place – America’s Mental Health Channel:
Anxiety and Depression Association of America: