By the year 2020, depression — second only to heart disease — will be the second leading cause of the global burden of disease. That’s why it’s important to understand how people view mental illness, and whether their view of it — and people who have it — is compassionate or confused.
Thankfully, the federal government is on it. SAMHSA announced today the publication of a national and state-by-state report based upon the results of a a survey of 195,000 Americans surveyed.
More than 80 percent of adults agreed that treatment can help people with mental illness lead normal lives.
Fewer adults — 35 – 67 percent — thought that people are caring and sympathetic to those with mental illness.