Our most vulnerable and high risk in the bipolar community, particularly our LGBTQIA and youth, are dying by suicide in not just staggering but heartbreaking numbers. We are dedicated to changing this.
We are on a mission.
Hope Xchange's early intervention, compassion-driven suicide prevention and management programs reach those who are struggling with a mental illness wherever and whenever they need us most.
We have discovered that lives can be saved and improved by fostering care and support through practice of:
Our programs target those disproportionately affected by suicide in the bipolar community, particularly our youth and LGBTQIA populations. The latest statistics on suicide and attempts speak to the urgency of the truly staggering and heartbreaking problem we're facing.
It is currently estimated that 4 to 6% of the population has some form of bipolar disorder, with bipolar disorder affecting 5.7 million adults, 2.6% of the U.S. population age 18 and older, every year. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 83% of these cases are considered “severe” and 51% are not receiving healthcare treatment.
The risk of suicide of those living with bipolar disorder is 20 to 30 times greater than that associated with the general population, is significantly higher than other depressive disorders, with 80% suffering from suicidal ideation.
Of those with bipolar disorder, 50% attempt suicide at some point in their lives, with 11% to 20% succeeding. Over a five-year period, 28% of people with bipolar will attempt suicide.
Not surprisingly, given these statistics, those with bipolar disorder are admitted to an ER or inpatient hospital an average of five times a year.
The treatment of bipolar disorder is not only challenging but among the most costly of all mental health conditions, costing the U.S. healthcare system an estimated $30 billion in direct expenditures and $120 billion in indirect costs annually. Despite this the NIH is estimating only $74 million will be put aside for
It is also considered among the ten most disabling medical conditions worldwide and is the sixth leading cause of disability (World Health Organization).