Fauquier County

Mental Illness Facts

The Stigma of Mental Illness Is Finally Fading

Today there is hope for people with mental illness.  Many wonderful treatments have been and are being developed.  New medications are now available.

Mental illness strikes people of all ages from all walks of life.  Mental illness is the most prevalent health problem in Virginia today, more common than cancer, lung disease and heart disease combined.  Those who suffer from mental illness may be your neighbors, your co-workers or your friends.

Someone in your family may be struggling with mental illness.  Maybe it is you.

The best way to help yourself or someone else with mental illness is to be able to recognize its signs and symptoms.  Any combination of the following may be an indicator of a mental illness:


  • Changes in daily routine (sleeping, eating)
  • Confused thinking or speech
  • Delusions
  • Substance abuse
  • Prolonged depression
  • Mood swings
  • Hallucinations
  • Excessive fears, worries or anxiety
  • Strong feelings of anger
  • Suicidal thoughts or threats
  • Withdrawal from friends and usual activities

Mental Illness In Virginia

If someone you know suffers from mental illness, they are not alone.  Mental illness is a serious problem in our state and nation.  It is important that we understand that mental illness, such as with any illness, is a health issue that can strike anyone.


  • Mental illness strikes one out of four Virginians every year.
  • More than one million adult Virginians suffer from one or more mental illnesses in their lifetime.
  • More than 63,000 Virginians are disabled with a diagnosed mental illness.
  • Sixteen percent of all school children in Virginia are experiencing or are at risk of incurring a mental illness.

More information is available by clicking the links below.

Mental Illness in Virginia's Adult Population

Mental Illness and Virginia's Criminal Justice System

Mental Illness and Virginia's Youth Population

Youth with Mental Illness and Virginia's Criminal Justice System

The Mental Health Association of Fauquier County // PO Box 3549 // Warrenton VA 20188 // (540) 341-8732 //  mhafc1@gmail.com