May Awareness Tree- Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In these times, awareness of this issue is even more important. There are any estimated 11.2 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States with serious mental illness, this number represents 4.5% of all U.S. adults. Of those identified with serious mental illness, only about 43% receive any sort of treatment. Nearly 20% of the individuals suffering from serious mental illness are also homeless. The District Attorney's Office recognizes this an issue that affects our society as a whole as well having a specific impact on the criminal justice system. Nearly 2 million people with mental illness are booked into county jails each year. Nearly 1

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