Although nearly one in five adults in the United States lives with mental illness (or 46.6 million people in 2017), several barriers hinder access to mental healthcare. These include inadequate healthcare coverage, high out-of-pocket expenses for patients, a shortage of providers, and lingering stigma.
Depression, anxiety, and other mental illness carry with them significant costs both in the form of direct healthcare costs and through broader societal costs.
43% of Americans
with a mental health issue
received treatment in 2017*
$280.5B is estimated
to be spent on mental health and
substance use disorders in 2020**
Employers increasingly recognize the benefits of reducing both the suffering and the costs of mental illness, and investors recognize the possibilities associated with expanding treatment.
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