About one in five American adults have mental health issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder; as many as one in six U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 17 has a treatable mental health issue.
Yet only about half the adults and children with mental health issues receive treatment or counseling from a mental health professional. For most, finding appropriate mental health care is a challenge: Too few providers, a fragmented health system and the stigma surrounding mental health issues all create barriers.
Without treatment, mental health disorders can erode physical health, impede success in school, work and life. Mental health disorders too often lead to suicide—the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And yet, most mental health issues can be managed with the appropriate combination of treatment and supports. That's why the Cardinal Health Foundation has invested nearly $2.6 million in suicide prevention and increased access to mental health services.