The Need

Mental illness and drug alcohol addiction are common problems across the United States. Many people with these debilitating conditions can be successfully treated, allowing them to lead healthy lives and reducing the negative impacts on their families, co-workers, and communities.

Springstone focuses on serving communities that lack adequate numbers of treatment facilities and mental health professionals to meet the need.

Mental Illness

  • One out of four adults in the United States has a mental health issue, ranging from depression and anxiety to chronic mental illness (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • One in 17 people, about 6 percent of the U.S. population, suffers from a seriously debilitating mental illness. (National Institute of Mental Health)
  • Depression affects nearly one in ten adults each year, nearly twice as many women as men.  (American Psychiatric Association)
  • Mental Illness results in more disability in developed countries than any other group of illnesses, including cancer and heart disease. (CDC)
  • The economic burden of mental illness in the United States exceeds $300 billion. (CDC)
  • Mental illness is associated with the increased occurrence of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, epilepsy, and cancer. (CDC)
  • Many mental illnesses can be managed successfully, and increasing access to and use of treatment services could substantially reduce the incidence. (CDC)


Alcohol and Drug Dependence

  • Nearly 10 percent of the U.S. population ages 12 and older – more than 23.5 million people – need treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem. Yet, only one out of ten of those people receive treatment at a specialty facility. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
  • Young people ages 18-24 have the highest rates of co-occurring alcohol and other drug use disorders. (NIAAA)
  • More than 79,000 deaths a year are attributed to excessive alcohol use. (CDC)
  • Alcoholism is the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the nation. (CDC)
  • An estimated 20 million Americans aged 12 or older (8 percent of the population) used an illegal drug in the past 30 days. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health)
  • The estimated cost of drug abuse is $235 billion a year, including lost work productivity, costs related to crimes, and healthcare costs.  (National Institute on Drug Abuse)