MENTAL HEALTH IN AMERICA
Millions of Americans experience mental illness each year...
with that number dramatically increasing since the pandemic. According to NAMI.org, 1 in 5 U.S adults reported that the pandemic had a significant negative impact on their mental health.
Data from the US Centers for Disease Control shows the pandemic brought mental health challenges, addiction tendencies, and long-buried traumas to the surface for millions of Americans:
*Statistics and provisional data from CDC.gov
In 2020, mental health-related visits to emergency rooms jumped 31% among adolescents ages 12 to 17.*
Drug overdose deaths rose 30% from 2019 to 2020, and reached record levels in 2021, increasing by 15% to about 107,622 deaths.*
In 2020, 45,979 people took their own lives, or 1 person every 11 minutes; 2.2 million people reported they considered suicide, 3.2 million people made a plan to take their lives, & 1.2 million attempted suicide. Suicide rates continued to rise in 2021.*
The impact of mental health conditions affects more than just the individual, with consequences rippling outward across America.
By the numbers, NAMI.org
32.1% of U.S. adults with mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder in 2020 (17 million individuals).
Since 2007, Kula for Karma has been breaking down mental health stigmas and building new models of whole-person care. With a focus on treating mental health, our evidence-based, trauma-sensitive mindfulness programs have proven to be effective solutions for diverse communities caught in this crisis, including: