As part of our commitment to our community, the Compassionate Hearts UNITED Foundation, Inc., has launched the "Give a HEART" Project.
Mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability. One (1) in five (5) Americans is currently suffering from some type of mental illness. The resulting disease burden of mental illness is among the highest of all diseases. In 2019, an estimated 19% (47.6 million) of U.S. adults ages 18 years or older suffered from any mental illness and almost 800 million people suffer from mental health disorders worldwide. (Source)
Research have shown that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for the deaths of approximately 40,000 Americans in 2019. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 44 and under and the fifth leading cause of death for ages 45-54. For every woman who dies by suicide, four men die by suicide, but women are 3x more likely to attempt suicide. Furthermore, serious mental illness cost the country more than $190 billion in lost earnings every year.
More than ever, we need to fight the mental health crisis that is covering our nation and, together, we can do it.
In CHUF, we are committed to bringing awareness to this important cause and that's why we offer many free resources that not only can help those in need but that can also help community members in becoming agents of positive social change. If we unite forces against the mental health stigma, we will be able to create a community in which we all can be there for each other.
The truth is that we are all in this together and it is our responsibility to care for each other, and today is the day to "Give a HEART" about mental health.
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