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Mental illness

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), only 17 percent of U.S. adults are in “optimal” mental health.¹ There are many different kinds of mental illness. More than 26 percent of the adult U.S. population is affected by mental illness.²

Mental illness can also co-occur with other serious diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma and obesity.

There are many programs that can help if you or a loved one suffers from mental illness. Call 1-888-276-2020 to learn more about the benefits available to you as a First Choice member.


  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1999.
  2. Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Walters EE. Prevalence, severity, and comorbidity of 12-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2005; 62:617 – 627.