Help Support the Ed Lally Foundation’s Mental Health & Suicide Prevention outreach for Giving Tuesday!
Your Donation Will...
*Support the "Power of Expression" mental health & suicide prevention program for students in middle schools, high schools and colleges
*Provide free "mindful mental health" offerings to the community, such as our Women's & Mens Mindful Mental Health groups, and Tai Chi for Seniors
*Help support survivors of suicide loss through our suicide bereavement support groups, retreats & resources
*Provide mindfulness workshops for the recovery community
Did you know?
National Statistics on Mental Health
Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10-14
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
There were 1.7 million people who attempted suicide
48,183 American died by suicide
94% of Americans think suicide can be prevented
With science-based practices, ELF focuses on suicide prevention
(Sources: American Society for Suicide Prevention, Centers for Disease Control, and National Alliance on Mental Health))
Maryland State Statistics on Adult Mental Health
781,000 adults in Maryland have a mental health condition
19.00% of Maryland adults are experiencing a mental illness. Equivalent to over 47 million Americans.
4.55% are experiencing a severe mental illness.
The state prevalence of adult mental illness in Maryland is 16.96%
The state prevalence of adults with serious thoughts of suicide in Maryland is 4.07%.
39.1% of adults in Maryland reported symptoms of anxiety or depression. 31.3% were unable to get needed counseling or therapy.
Maryland Statistics on Youth Mental Health
The state prevalence of youth with a major depressive episode in Maryland is 13.02%
There is an urgent need to address youth mental health as 1 in 8 young people in Maryland deal with anxiety or depression, Annie E. Casey Foundation report finds
15.08% of youth (ages 12-17) report suffering from at least one major depressive episode in the past year
Childhood depression is more likely to persist into adulthood if gone untreated
CDC statistics about the youth age groups cite that demographic at highest at risk to experience mental health issues and have suicidal ideations and attempt suicide. (Sources: Ittakesavillage.com and Mental Health America)
Students between 10-18 years old are at risk of suicide or experiencing mental health struggles. POE is an inclusive program aimed at reaching as many students as possible. As the Mental Health America statistic points out, if left unchecked, youth with depression, anxiety or other mental health challenges are more likely to carry those emotions with them, and even risk suicide.