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About Mental Illness

1 in 4 adults will experience mental illness in 2017

Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and often results in a diminished capacity for coping with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness does not discriminate, and can affect any age, race, religion, or income level. In fact, one in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experience some form of mental illness in a given year. While most adults recover quickly from their mental illness, others suffer from prolonged and serious mental illness.

1 in 16 adults are diagnosed with serious mental illness

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 16 adults are diagnosed with serious mental illness.


Examples of mental illnesses include:

Anxiety Disorders

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

Bipolar Disorder

Borderline Personality Disorder


Dissociative Disorders

Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse and Mental Illness

Eating Disorders

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Panic Disorder

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Schizoaffective Disorder


Seasonal Affective Disorder


Although the exact cause of most mental illnesses is not known, it is becoming clear through research that many of these conditions are caused by a combination of biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character or poor upbringing. People can recover from mental illness with treatment and, most importantly, a reliable support system.

Clubhouse International is helping communities establish Clubhouses in many countries around the world. The Clubhouse model demonstrates that people with mental illness can successfully participate in society through education, employment, and other social activities. The San Angelo Clubhouse, which is currently working towards becoming accredited by Clubhouse International, and is committed to this model of recovery and offers a supportive community where members recover from mental illness through meaningful relationships and rewarding work.