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One in ten children and adolescents suffer from mental illness. Most severe mental illnesses start in the teenage years.

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Ninety percent or more of all suicide victims have a mental illness and/or a substance abuse problem. For people ages 15-24, suicide is the third leading cause of death.

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Mental illnesses are often inherited from one generation to another and generally have little or nothing to do with parenting. They can also be caused by problems during pregnancy or by head trauma.

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Mental disorders are diagnosed in the same way as asthma, diabetes and cancer. Treatments of mental illness are effective 60%-80% of the time. This rate meets or exceeds success rates for cutting edge treatment for heart disease.

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One in four Americans will suffer at some point from a mental health problem. These Americans are from ALL backgrounds. There is no way to predict who will develop a mental illness.

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Major depression is a real, treatable illness that affects 50% of adult Americans every year. It is the leading cause of disability for those between ages 15-44 in the United States.

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Well over 90% of companies with health insurance cover some mental health care.