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.
- 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.
- 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.