Facts and Figures

With one in four adults and up to one in five children experiencing mental illness each year, it is a disorder that affects everyone in some way. Sheppard Pratt Health System is on the frontlines, helping those suffering from mental illness to recover and heal.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health:

  • Mental illness is the leading cause of disability in the United States, specifically major depressive disorder.
  • There are more suicides than homicides annually.
  • Nearly half of people with a mental disorder will likely meet criteria for two or more diagnosable disorders.
  • Approximately 18.1% of American adults have an anxiety disorders, which can include a panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and/or phobias. 
  • Mood disorders, such as major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, and bipolar disorder, will impact approximately 9.5% of American adults each year.
  • ADHD is recognized as one of the most common mental disorders in children and adolescents; however, it is also estimated to impact approximately 4.1% of adults each year.
  • In March 2014, the CDC found that approximately one in 68 children is impacted by autism spectrum disorder.

Sheppard Pratt Health System by the numbers:

  • We have been named one of the nation’s top mental health programs by U.S. News and World Report for 24 consecutive years.
  • We are recognized as the largest private provider of special education services in Maryland with 14 schools throughout the state.  Over 50% of our students have been diagnoses with autism.
  • Almost 80% of those we serve rely on Medical Assistance.
  • We have provided nearly $15 million in charity health care this past year.
  • More than 60,000 people benefit from our services each year.
  • We provide 70% of all child and adolescent psychiatric inpatient care in Central Maryland, and more than one third of those we serve (20,000 people) are under the age of 18.
  • We fielded 12,000 calls through our Therapy Referral Service and assisted 4,000 patients at our Crisis Walk in Clinic in the last year.