Despite these sobering statistics, mental health disorders often go unmet. In 2016, only 43 percent of adults with any type of mental illness received treatment, and fewer than 11 percent of adults with substance abuse disorders received treatment.
Mental illness affects millions of people in the United States. According to recent statistics, almost 45 million people, one in five American adults experience mental illness each year. Children are affected as well, with about 13 percent of those between ages 8 to 15 experiencing a severe mental disorder at some point during their lives.