A mental illness is a condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling or mood and may affect his or her ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.

Mental health facts.

Who can be affected by a mental illness?

A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple interlinking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle combine to influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits as well as basic brain structure may play a role too. IIn addition to the person directly affected by a mental illness, family, friends and communities are also affected.”

Of adults experience a mental health condition every year
Live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder
Of mental health conditions begin by age 14
Of mental health conditions develop by age 24

Is recovery possible?

Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.


Learn more about mental health facts and download infographics at NAMI.org.