Archive for January, 2015

22 Jan 2015

$8,300,000,000 – The Cost of DV

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Economic Domestic Violence Infographic4

 

 

Ok so now do we have your attention . . . .

According to 2013 article from Forbes Magazine listed below:

“Domestic violence costs $8.3 billion in expenses annually: a combination of higher medical costs ($5.8 billion) and lost productivity ($2.5 billion).”

Additionally, it is estimated that 8 million days of paid work are lost annually due to domestic violence.

The stats in this this article are staggering and the implications to Corporate America are simply too costly to ignore anymore.  (See the link below.)

The NFL ads are a step in the right direction with respect to increasing awareness but what happens next?

It’s the follow thru, the programming, the resources and support for the victims that are lacking.  And when they are there, the resources are hard to find, not readily accessible and there is often times an element of shame for the victims.

Wouldn’t preventative action be a better use for all that $$$?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertpearl/2013/12/05/domestic-violence-the-secret-killer-that-costs-8-3-billion-annually/

20 Jan 2015

STATS

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According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness):

  • One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans−experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.
  • Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent.
  • Approximately 1.1 percent of American adults— about 2.4 million people—live with schizophrenia.
  • Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults−6.1 million people−live with bipolar disorder.
  • Approximately 6.7 percent of American adults−about 14.8 million people−live with major depression.
  • Approximately 18.1 percent of American adults−about 42 million people−live with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias.
  • About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.

NAMI

http://www.nami.org/factsheets/mentalillness_factsheet.pdf