Why We Are Needed

  • Stigma of mental illness is diminishing in our country as more people openly share their struggles. However, there is still a great need for mental health education.
    • According to Mental Health America (MHA), 18%, of adults have a mental health condition.
    • The National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI), reports that 1 in 5 youth aged 13-18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental health condition at some point during their life; for children aged 8-15 that estimate is 13%.
    • Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44 (HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-based Care in the United States, 2009).
  • The Jackson County, Missouri area has much room for improvement in health care. County Health Outcomes (countyhealthoutcomes.org) reports that in Jackson County some individuals experience 4.4 days per month of poor mental health (lowest is 3.8, highest is 5). Jackson County is ranked 60th out of 115 counties in overall health outcomes, where 1 is the healthiest.
  • Mental illness is one contributor of the growing suicide epidemic in our country. This is unacceptable and we want to be part of the solution. In God’s Corner Ministry has scheduled a suicide prevention conference for July 13, 2019. This will be open to the public. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) WISQARS Leading Causes of Death Reports, in 2016:
    • Suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 45,000 people.
    • Suicide was the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34, and the fourth leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 35 and 54.
    • There were more than twice as many suicides (44,965) in the United States as there were homicides (19,362).