Did You Know?

  • One in five people worldwide have a mental or neurological disorder at some point in their lives.
  • 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions- placing mental illness among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
  • Treatment works, but nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental illness never seek help from a health professional.
  • One in four adults - approximately 57.7 million American- experience a mental health disorder in a given year.
  • One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.
  • About 2.4 million Americans or 1.1 percent of the adult population lives with schizophrenia.
  • One in 10 children lives with a serious mental or emotional disorder.
  • Bipolar disorder affects 5.7 million American Adults per year.
  • Major depressive disorder affects 6.7 percent of adults or about 14.8 million American adults.
  • According to the 2004 World Health Report, depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States and Canada between the ages of 15-44.
  • Anxiety disorders affect an estimated 40 million individuals.
  • An estimated 5.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.
  • Of adults using homeless services, 31 percent reported having co-occurring condition.
  • 24 percent of state prisoners and 21 percent of local jail prisoners have a recent history of a mental health disorder.
  • Seventy percent of youth in juvenile justice system have at least one mental disorder with at least 20 percent experiencing significant functional impairment from a serious mental illness.
  • One half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, three-quarters by age 24.
  • Despite effective treatments, there are long delays-sometimes decades-between the first onset of symptoms and when people seek and receive treatment.
  • Fewer than one-third of adults and one-half of children with a diagnosable mental disorder receive mental health services in a given year.
  • Over 50 percent of students with a mental disorder age 14 and older drop out of high school-the highest dropout rate of any disability group.
  • Racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to have access to mental health services and often receive poor quality of care.
  • In the United States, the annual economic, indirect cost of mental illness is estimated to be $79 billion.
  • Of that amount, the majority - $63 billion – reflects the loss of productivity as a result of illnesses.
  • Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions.
  • Adults living with serious mental illness die 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to treatable conditions.
  • Suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people age 10-24.
  • More than 90 percent of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder.
  • In July 2007, a nationwide report indicated that male veterans are twice as likely to die by suicide as compared with their civilian peers in the general United States population.
  • Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to related others and daily functioning.
  • Just as diabetes is a disorder of the pancreas, mental illnesses are medical conditions that often result in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life.
  • Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income.
  • Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing.
  • Mental illness is treatable – recovery is possible!
  • The best treatment for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90 percent of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments and supports.
  • Early identification and treatment is of vital importance; By ensuring access to the treatment and recovery supports that are proven effective, recovery is accelerated and the further harm related to the course of illness is minimized.

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Mission Statement

Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network works in partnership with individuals, families and the community to inspire hope, promote resiliency and achieve recovery by providing effective behavioral health services.

Guiding Principles and Values

  • Behavioral Health is an essential part of overall health
  • Prevention Works
  • Treatment is Effective
  • People Recover