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October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month. 

“Millions of Americans experience symptoms of a mental health condition each year, and the number of people seeking care is trending upward. While a mental health diagnosis may impact an individual’s daily life, it can also have a ripple effect across families, communities and even economies.

By the Numbers

  • 21% of U.S. adults experienced a mental health condition in 2020

  • 5.6% of U.S. adults experienced a serious mental health condition in 2020,

  • In 2020, 32.1% of U.S. adults experienced both a mental health condition and substance abuse

  • In 2019, 15.3% of U.S. veterans experienced a mental health condition, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression or substance abuse

  • As of 2020, suicide is the second leading cause of death for U.S. children ages 10 to 14, preceded only by unintentional injury

  • The impact depression and anxiety has on the global economy can be measured in $1 trillion in lost productivity each year

Mental illness is a disease and like any other medical condition, individuals need support, intervention and continued care to address their symptoms.”*

Whether through a family member, friend or neighbor, most of us have been affected by a mental health crises, drug addiction or depression.

St. Joseph Medical Center was the first community-based hospital in Maryland to develop a psychiatric unit, and one of few acute care facilities in the Baltimore area with an inpatient program.

By encouraging philanthropic support, the St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation is committed to supporting the growth of UM St. Joseph Medical Center through its affiliation with the University of Maryland Medical Center and School of Medicine. Arbor Dog Foundation proudly supports their progress in the field of mental health care in our community.

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