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Stop by the NAMI Waukesha office (217 Wisconsin Ave, Suite 300, Waukesha, WI 53186) for a green ribbon lapel pin to show your support!

 
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Children, adolescents, and young adults

1 in 5 adolescents experiences a mental health condition. It is during their childhood, adolescents, and young adulthood that people develop into productive and independent citizens, but it is also during their childhood, adolescents, and young adulthood that people are extremely susceptible to many different mental health concerns and conditions. Today’s youth has external, cultural, family, societal, and social media pressures that can negatively impact their mental health. Read below for additional facts, statistics, and resources specifically geared toward children and adolescent mental health. Check out NAMI Waukesha’s Facebook page (facebook.com/namiwaukesha) on May 4-10 for additional information about children, adolescent, and young adult mental health!

Facts and statistics:

  • Half of all mental health problems begin by age 14.

  • Less than half of adolescents with psychiatric disorders received any kind of treatment in the last year.

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15- to 24-year-olds.

  • In 2013 and 2014, children ages 10 to 14 were more likely to die from suicide than in a motor vehicle accident.

  • Promoting positive mental health can prevent some problems from starting. For young people who already have mental health conditions, early intervention and treatment can help lessen the impact on their lives.

  • Depression is the most common mental health disorder, affecting nearly one in eight adolescents and young adults each year.

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LGBTQIA+

LGBTQIA+ youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide, experience suicidal thoughts or engage in self-harm than straight people. This community faces prejudice and other biases and struggles with mental health concerns and conditions at a high rate because of it. The LGBTQIA+ community needs extra support to allow them to be mentally healthy. Read below for additional facts, statistics, and resources specifically geared toward LGBTQIA+ mental health. Check out NAMI Waukesha’s Facebook page (facebook.com/namiwaukesha) on May 11-17 for additional information about LGBTQIA+ mental health!

Facts and statistics:

  • LGBTQIA+ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than heterosexual individuals to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder.

  • For LGBTQIA+ people aged 10–24, suicide is the second leading cause of death.

  • LGBTQIA+ youth are almost twice as likely as their heterosexual peers to abuse drugs and alcohol.

  • Roughly four out of 10 people who identify as bisexual report having been diagnosed with depression.

  • Students who report the highest levels of happiness, regardless of their orientation, are those in a “positive school climate” and “not experiencing homophobic teasing.” Being in a hostile and homophobic, or transphobic, school environment inflames their distress.

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Minority racial and ethnic groups

At 28.3 %, American Indians and Alaskan Natives have the highest rate of mental health conditions among all racial groups. Latinx, asian, black, american indian, alaskan natives, and other minority groups face unique struggles with their mental health due to how their cultures expect them to handle mental health concerns and conditions and the way our society treats these groups. They also face many barriers in accessing and receiving proper mental health care. Read below for additional facts, statistics, and resources specifically geared toward minority racial and ethnic groups mental health. Check out NAMI Waukesha’s Facebook page (facebook.com/namiwaukesha) on May 18-24 for additional information about minority racial and ethnic group mental health!

Facts and statistics:

  • People who identify as being two or more races (24.9%) are most likely to report any mental health conditions within the past year than any other racial/ethnic group, followed by American Indian/Alaska Natives (22.7%), white (19%), and african american (16.8%).

  • American Indians/Alaskan Natives report higher rates of post traumatic stress disorder and alcohol dependence than any other racial/ethnic group.

  • Racial/ethnic minority youth with behavioral health issues are more readily referred to the juvenile justice system than to specialty primary care, compared with white youth.

  • Lack of cultural understanding by health care providers may contribute to under diagnosis and/or misdiagnosis of mental illness in people from racially/ethnically diverse populations. Factors that contribute to these kinds of misdiagnoses include language differences between patient and provider, stigma of mental illness among minority groups, and cultural presentation of symptoms.

  • African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population.

  • Only 20% of Latinx with symptoms of a psychological disorder talk to a doctor about their concerns.

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Older adults (60+)

15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental health condition. Almost one fourth of the population of the United states with be considered an older adult, 60 years or older, by 2050. Being such a large part of our population and such a vulnerable group of people it is important to remember that older adults suffer from mental health concerns and conditions just like the rest of the population. Read below for additional facts, statistics, and resources specifically geared toward older adult mental health. Check out NAMI Waukesha’s Facebook page (facebook.com/namiwaukesha) on May 25-31 for additional information about older adult mental health!

Facts and statistics:

  • Between 2015 and 2050, the proportion of the world's older adults is estimated to almost double from about 12% to 22%.

  • 6.6% of all disability among people over 60 years is attributed to mental and neurological conditions.

  • The most common mental and neurological conditions in this age group are dementia and depression, which affect approximately 5% and 7% of the world’s older population, respectively.

  • Anxiety disorders affect 3.8% of the older population and substance use problems affect almost 1%.

  • Around a quarter of deaths from self-harm are among people aged 60 or above.

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Waukesha County DHHS Crisis Services
Business Hours............................................................................................(262) 548-7666
Non-Business Hours....................................................................................(262) 547-3388
Impact 211 ........................................................................................................Dial "2-1-1"

Hopeline ▪ 24/7 counseling & support text line
Text “HOPELINE” ..................................................................................................."741741"

National Suicide Hotline.............................................................................(800) 273-8255

Where can I start looking for help?       https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help

National Alliance on Mental Illness