Options Foundation's logo

FACTS AND STATS about the mentally ill

male figures

1 in 5  people suffer from mental illness; approximately 57.7 million Americans every year.

five male figures
One male figure

More than half of all prison and jail inmates have a mental health problem.

Line break
Bottle, needle and brain

Up to 2/3 of homeless adults suffer from chronic alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness or some combination of all three.

63 percent pie chart

of adults know someone with a mental health problem.

EDUCATE and Inform

These statistics may seem shocking, but they are true.

Options Foundation actively participates in keeping these numbers down and exists for the sole purpose of helping our community. The way we do that is by providing a safe and controlled housing environment for these mentally ill individuals, giving them a better quality of life and providing them with an opportunity to thrive in our community. Many of these individuals have been abandoned by their families and have no accountability in their recoveries. Without accountability, they get involved in crime, alcoholism and drug addiction, ending up misguided and homeless, feeding their addictions. When incarceration is the next “solution,” you can understand why the problems are never resolved and the cycle starts again.

How do we break the cycle? Although still costly, housing one person in one of our facilities is a fraction of the cost of institutionalization or incarceration, and the outcome is exponentially better for all involved.

Mental health is a bigger issue than some people realize, and it is not going to go away on its own. Options Foundation’s goal is to change these statistics, and we will continue to work hard to do just that. If you would like to help Options Foundation reach their goal, please click here.