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By the Numbers

Mental illness

  • Adults
    • Mental illness costs US employers more than $50 billion in lost work days and productivity
    •  1 in 5 Massachusetts adults are affected by mental illness
  • Children
    • 1 in 5 Massachusetts children are affected
    • 50% of the Massachusetts children who need mental health care services do not receive needed care in a timely way


  • 1 in 5 residents struggle with depression
  • 20% of residents have annual incomes less than $25,000
  • Town with the third highest percent of immigrant/newcomer populations in Massachusetts
  • 20% of high school students will contemplate suicide; 5% will make a suicidal gesture

Brookline Community Mental Health Center

  • Service Demand
    • 38,000 service visits & 1,500 mediations provided annually by the Center (152/day)
    • 10,000 of those visits and all mediations are not insurance reimbursable
    • Demand projected to grow by 20% over the next five years
  • Clients
    • 75% of the Center's clients are low- to moderate-income
    • 48% of clients have a history of abuse or neglect
    • 40% are children, including 15% of teens in crisis
  • Then vs. now
    • 600 clients seen by the Center in 1962, its first year of client visits 
    • 6000 clients served by the same facility in 2005, prior to expansion 
    • 10,000 free/reduced care visits provided annually