Kenneth Young Center - Community Mental Health and Senior Services

Facts And Frequently Asked Questions

Facts About Mental Illness

  • One in four adults—approximately 57.7 million Americans—experience a mental health disorder in a given year.
  • One out of four American families has a relative who has a mental illness.
  • Half of us will experience some form of mental illness in our lifetime.
  • The World Health Organization has reported that four of the 10 leading causes of disability in the US and other developed countries are mental disorders.
  • By 2020, Major Depressive illness will be the leading cause of disability in the world for women and children.
  • In the US, the annual economic, indirect cost of mental illness is estimated to be $79 billion. Most of that amount— approximately $63 billion—reflects the loss of productivity as a result of illnesses.
  • Suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death in the US and the third-leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 years.
  • Families from all walks of life are affected regardless of age, race, income, religion or education.

Children and Adolescents

  • The US Surgeon General reports that 10 percent of children and adolescents in the US suffer from serious emotional and mental disorders that cause significant functional impairment in their day-to-day lives at home, in school and with peers.
  • Mental illness usually strikes individuals in the prime of their lives, often during adolescence and young adulthood.
  • Approximately one in 10 children live with a serious mental or emotional disorder.
  • One-half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, three-quarters by age 24.


  • Mental illness affects one out of every five senior citizens.
  • Depression is considered the most common mental disorder of people aged 65 and older.

The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90 percent of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments and supports. Call Kenneth Young Center at 847.524.8800 if you or someone you know needs help. Please call 9-1-1 if it is a life threatening emergency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does it mean to have mental illness?
A: Mental illnesses are medical conditions that disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning. Technically, mental illness is defined as: conditions characterized by impairment of an individual's normal cognitive, emotional, or behavioral functioning, and caused by social, psychological, biochemical, genetic, or other factors, such as infection or head trauma.
  Some of the more common disorders are depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. Symptoms may include changes in mood, personality, personal habits and/or social withdrawal. Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion, or income.
Q: Can mental illness be treated?
A: Yes, and it can be treated quite effectively. In fact, 70-90% of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with a combination of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments and support.
  Just as there are different types of medications for physical illness, there are different treatment options available for individuals with mental illness. Treatment works differently for different people. Your therapist and/or doctor should work with you to find the right combination of treatments.
Q: Where can I go for help?
A: Kenneth Young Center is a mental health facility equipped to help you find treatments, solutions and resources. Call KYC and speak with an Intake Coordinator who will point you in the right direction.
  You can also visit the Resources page on our website for additional sources of support.
Q: How are services paid for?
A: Kenneth Young Center works hard to keep all services affordable and accessible to everyone. Services can be paid for in cash, or by personal or government insurance.
  Because the State of Illinois, as well as the townships of Elk Grove and Schaumburg subsidizes our costs, people living in these two townships are charged on a sliding scale fee according to what you can afford, and if you have insurance. We will also work with your private and/or government insurance including Medicaid and Medicare.
Q: Where can I find information about what my insurance/Medicaid/Social Security benefits will cover?
A: If you have health insurance, your insurance provider should be able to answer specific questions regarding coverage.
  If you are a Medicaid patient, you can refer to the Illinois’ State Department website,, or call KYC’s Intake Coordinator at 847.524.8800.