Examining the true price of mental illness

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What exactly is the total cost of mental illness in the US? According to USA Today, while the emotional costs of mental illness are incalculable, the financial cost to the US economy is a staggering $444.2 billion. This statistic comes from a video series called “The Cost of Not Caring,” produced by USA Today in order to raise awareness of the issues around mental illness. In the video, USA Today heard from Karen Kelley, “one of about 10 million people who suffer from mental illness,” in an attempt to go deeper into the true cost of such disorders. According to Kelley, “Nobody asks to be bi-polar. Nobody asks to be schizophrenic, or have chronic depression, yet they have to still live with it, and it’s a struggle.”

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