Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States affecting 16.1 million (6.7%) of the adult US population
A little over 1 in 10 adolescents are affected by depression, or about 12.5%.
Globally over 300 million people suffer from depression
Depression is characterized by negative thoughts and/or the lack of positive thoughts
Only 25% of individuals with mental health symptoms believe that others are sympathetic to mental illness.
In other words, Three quarters of those who suffer from mental illness, believe that they are not understood. This perceived stigma can prevent individuals from seeking help and treating their illnesses.