1 in 5 U.S. Adults Experience Mental Illness Each Year

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Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 1-7, 2023

The first week of October 2023 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. This year, the focus is “Together We Care. Together We Share.”

Across the country, people experience barriers to accessing quality mental health care such as stigma and discrimination, lack of access to quality psychiatric physicians and therapists, cultural barriers, and socioeconomic barriers. Mental health is a critical part of overall health and Novum Psychiatry is committed to providing access to high quality psychiatric care for our community – residents of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

You Are Not Alone

Millions of people are affected by mental illness each year.


1 in 20

1 in 5 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year


1 in 5

1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year


1 in 6

Youth ages 6-17 experience a mental health disorder every year

Recovery is Possible

At Novum Psychiatry, we are committed to delivering care with empathy, compassion, and hope. Some people may struggle to understand and accept a diagnosis of mental illness, and it’s important to understand just how prevalent it is in our society. With one in five US adults living with mental illness, it is helpful to hear the stories from others lived experiences.

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Our Experienced Team of Psychiatrists Can Help!

We know that taking the first step can be difficult.

Our highly-trained psychiatrists and therapists offer a comprehensive and confidential approach to private, outpatient psychiatric care. Whether this is your first time seeking psychiatric care or if you are seeking a new provider, Novum Psychiatry can help. In-person and telehealth appointments available. We accept health insurance.

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Fast Facts About Mental Illness *

As reported by the National Alliance on Mental Illness *.

  • 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
  • 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
  • 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
  • Mental illness affects
    • 44% of LGB adults
    • 32% Mixed/Multiracial adults
    • 22% of White adults
    • 19% of American Indian or Alaska Native
    • 18% of Latinx adults
    • 17% of Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander adults
    • 17% of Black adults
    • 14% of Asian adults
  • Annual prevalence among U.S. adults, by condition:

Is There Treatment for Mental Illness?

Many people living with mental illness lead successful, rich, full lives, and every year people overcome the challenges of mental illness to do the things they enjoy.

Most people diagnosed with a mental health condition can experience relief from their symptoms and live a satisfying life by actively participating in an individualized treatment plan.

A psychiatrist with experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness will help evaluate your symptoms in order to develop a personalized treatment plan. An effective treatment plan may include medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both.

If you or your loved one is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, please seek help as soon as possible. One research study noted by The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that the average delay between onset of mental illness and treatment is 11 years.

The Board Certified psychiatrists of Novum Psychiatry have extensive experience in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health conditions, so please request your confidential evaluation today.