The National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
• Mental health problems affect one in every five young people at any given time.
• An estimated two-thirds of all young people with mental health problems are not getting the help they need.
• Studies indicate that 1 in 5 children and adolescents (20 percent) may have a diagnosable disorder. Estimates of the number of children who have mental disorders range from 7.7 million to 12.8 million.
• It is estimated that between 118,700 and 186,600 youths who are involved in the juvenile justice system have at least one mental disorder.
• According to a 1994 OJJDP study of juveniles' response to health screenings conducted at the admission of juvenile facilities, 73 percent of juveniles reported having mental health problems and 57 percent reported having prior mental health treatment or hospitalization.
• Of the 100,000 teenagers in juvenile detention, estimates indicate that 60 percent have behavioral, mental or emotional problems.
• Serious emotional disturbances affect 1 in ever 10 young people at any given time.
A Month of Mental Health Facts: Prepared by the staff of the Child Study Center
• Twelve million children and adolescents suffer from a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. Serious emotional disturbance affects 1 in every 10 young people, but an estimated two-thirds are not getting the help they need.
• Only one out of every five children with a psychiatric disorder gets treatment.
• Half of all cases of adults with psychiatric disorders report that it started before age 14.
• More children suffer from psychiatric illness than from leukemia, diabetes, and AIDS combined.
• Fewer than 10% of the 80,000 public schools in the U.S. have comprehensive mental health services.
• Fifty percent of students receiving special education services through the public schools are identified as having learning disabilities, according to the 24th Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2002.
• Children with untreated Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder drop out of high school 10 times more than other children.
• Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) runs in families: 15–20% of mothers, 20–30% of fathers, and 25% of siblings of children with ADHD have ADHD.
• Girls are under diagnosed for ADHD because they are more prone to the "inattentive-type" of ADHD, according to a study in the June 2007 issue of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
• Medication combined with behavior therapy works best for children with ADHD.
• More than 3 million children suffer from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
• Three to 5% of teenage girls have a diagnosable eating disorder.
• Although 90% of those diagnosed with anorexia are girls, boys now account for 4–10 percent of the patients with eating disorders.
• Roughly 25 million children age 17 and under are obese or overweight, nearly one-third of the 74 million children in that age group, according to Census Bureau data and a 2006 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
• Anorexia and Bulimia have the highest death rate (about 5–10%) of any childhood psychiatric illness.
• With reported estimates of 5-20% of all children being diagnosed with Anxiety Disorders, they are the most common mental health problems children face.
• Five to 20% of all children have learning difficulties—1 in 5 children in every classroom. Learning Disorders
• One in 100 children is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia.
• Fifty-nine percent of those with Bipolar Disorder reported suffering their first symptoms during childhood or adolescence.
• Twenty to 40% of all adolescents with eating disorders will also have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.