Mental health treatment costs account for 6.4 percent of the $1.6 trillion spent annually on health care in the U.S. Photo: Getty Images

Nearly every American knows of someone living with a mental health condition, whether a friend, a family member or their own experience. One in five American adults has experienced a mental illness in the last year, and half of all Americans will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. But nearly 60 percent of those currently living with these conditions go untreated

While many of us are familiar with the emotional toll of mental health conditions, especially when they go untreated, the financial toll is also staggering — for both individuals and those they rely on for health care. 

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