Chronic Illness: America and California
- Every year, 25% of adults across the U.S. experience a diagnosable mental disorder, such as anxiety or depression.
- 5-7% have a serious, chronic mental illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In California, 6.25% or 1.5 million adults.
- Half of these adults in both the U.S. and California suffer from more than one chronic health condition.
Our mission at Conard House is to create and maintain the transformative resources that people who live with chronic mental illness—and frequently concurrent medical conditions—need to self-manage their lives effectively.
Each year, disabling psychiatric episodes shatter everyday reality for thousands of adults living in San Francisco. These events disrupt their ability to work, to express themselves clearly and even to eat or sleep. Negotiating the maze of healthcare bureaucracies to get the help they need can be beyond the capabilities of those who need help the most.
We focus on building welcoming and caring communities that empower residents and give them hope for the future.
For more information about our plans for the future, please read our Strategic Plan: Executive Summary.