1 in 3 people will suffer brain illness or injury in their lifetime.
Brain diseases and injuries cost society as much as $2 TRILLION per year in the US and EU.
Brain disorders and injuries cost society more than cancer and cardiovascular disease COMBINED.
1.7 MILLION Americans have Autism.
1.7 MILLION Americans suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury every year.
Approximately 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s disease.
Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease.
For every soldier killed in war in 2012, about 25 veterans took their own lives.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH AND DISABILITY in America.
By 2023, over 46 million American adults will suffer from a mental disorder.
53,000 Americans die every year due to Traumatic Brain Injury.
8 teenagers die EVERY DAY in the US from TBI.
Neurological disorders constitute 12% of total deaths globally each year.
There are 5 MILLION Americans living with TBI-related disabilities.
Mental disorders make up 35% of the cost of all non-communicable diseases worldwide.
5.3 MILLION Americans have lifelong disabilities due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Direct and indirect cost of TBI is $76 BILLION per year in the US.
Nearly 8% of the US population suffers from POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS in their lifetime.
300,000 soldiers suffer TBI and/or PTS.
Women are about twice as likely as men to develop PTSD.
There is 1 military suicide per day in the US.
FOUR people commit suicide EVERY HOUR in the United States.
In the U.S., serious mental illness causes earnings loss of $193.2 billion annually.
90% of suicide victims have a TREATABLE MENTAL DISORDER.
Nearly 10% of people with SCHIZOPHRENIA commit suicide.
Number one sport per capita for traumatic brain injury is GIRLS SOCCER.
HALF A MILLION children under 14 go to the emergency room every year for TBI.
Funding for brain research from government and pharmaceutical companies is DECREASING EVERY YEAR.
Someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease EVERY 68 SECONDS.
Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in US adults.
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults.
TBI patients are up to 5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Medicaid and Medicare spend $130 BILLION per year on Alzheimer’s patients.
One in 10 high school athletes involved in contact sports sustain a concussion each year.
Over 400,000 Americans have Multiple Sclerosis.
An athlete who sustains a concussion is 5 times more likely to sustain a second concussion.
People with TBI are nearly twice as likely to report binge drinking.
The lowest rates of Multiple Sclerosis are in countries nearest to the EQUATOR.
20% of U.S. troops returning from combat tours show symptoms of PTSD or major depression.
DEPRESSION is the LEADING CAUSE of disease burden in the U.S.
Nearly 7% of American adults had a MAJOR DEPRESSIVE EPISODE in the past 12 months.
81.1 million people will be affected by dementia by 2040.
Over 2 MILLION Americans over the age of 18 suffer from BIPOLAR DISORDER.
About one in 10 individuals will have at least one epileptic seizure in their lifetime.
TBI victims are 50% more likely to suffer from depression.
Over 2 MILLION Americans have SCHIZOPHRENIA.
Among people with MS, physical disability contributes to a nearly 70% unemployment rate.
The annual medical cost of Schizophrenia in the US is OVER $32B.

STARS COME OUT FOR CIRCLE OF HOPE GALA

Posted on September 24, 2012

What should be America's priority in the next ten years? If you ask Tom Hanks, Sally Field and Glenn Close, the next giant leap for mankind must be curing brain disease.

Those Oscar- and Emmy-winning actors joined fellow thespians Gena Rowlands and Tom Skerritt at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the One Mind for Research First Annual Circle of Hope Gala on September 19. That organization, founded by Patrick Kennedy, Garen and Shari Staglin of Napa's Staglin Family Vineyard and retired U.S. Army General Peter Chiarelli (who together threw the party), is dedicated to funding and delivering new treatments and cures for brain disorders.

Hanks, who hosted the often-emotional evening, pointed out the many U.S. servicemen and women in the ballroom, from every branch of the military. Many those attending the gala are affected with traumatic brain injuries or post traumatic stress from their service in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and are struggling to return to normal lives.

"It's a test of us as a society, to know if we have the national will to give our veterans a chance to recover, to come back and to heal," Hanks said.

Glenn Close got serious about what she called "the Big Four" -- schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression and post-traumatic stress -- revealing that her sister is bipolar. "I want to help eradicate those illnesses and the stigma that goes with them," she said. "The stigma can be worse than the illness at times."

But it wasn't all serious all night at the bash, especially when Tom Hanks discovered that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was a no-show -- but only after he introduced him to the room!

"Quite frankly, traffic is hell in this city!" the actor joked, then later circled back at the end of the night to add in another zinger, when the mayor never made it (even worse, word is he was at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills nearby instead, at a different event).

"Mayor Villaraigosa is currently stuck in the drive-through at the In-and-Out Burger in Van Nuys," Hanks chortled, then closed out the fundraiser with a reminder.

"We're going to take the Big Four of brain disease on, and we're going to get it done. It's our national duty!"

By Jenny Peters | Yahoo! Contributor Network