“The Neglect of Mental Illness Exacts a Huge Toll, Human and Economic ”

21 Feb
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=a-neglect-of-mental-illness
From the editors at Scientific American:

“The human and economic toll is enormous yet often hidden. Untreated mental illnesses in the U.S. cost more than $100 billion a year in lost productivity, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Local hospitals and clinics must cope with associated chronic physical diseases. Schools have to open more special education classes. Courts and jails handle a large number of individuals who suffer from untreated mental illnesses. Suicide ranks among the top 15 most common killers in the U.S. (in the top three among young people), and 90 percent of cases can be attributed to mental illness.”

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