Increasingly, people understand that mental illness is real and not just something imagined by those who suffer from it. Left untreated, conditions like bipolar disorder (manic-depression) can lead to family breakdown, divorce and even suicide. Among the poor, mental illness too often goes untreated and is part of the story of why people become homeless.
The Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) reports that in fiscal year 2011 (most recent data evaluated) 55,306 adults age 18 or older accessed DMH funded mental health treatment. But a lot of mental illness in Missouri goes untreated, according to DMH’s 2012 Status Report.