Mental Health

Supporting Mental Health

Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with 9% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis 10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime Common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are distributed according to a gradient of economic disadvantage across society.

The poorer and more disadvantaged are disproportionately affected by common mental health problems and their adverse consequences.
Mental health presents one of the greatest challenges that current and future generations will face. In health economic and social terms, the burden created by mental health problems and mental illness in the UK is immense and growing.

Mental health should be a concern for us all because it affects us all. On an individual level, mental health problems affect our ability to function day to day and our overall quality of life.
Mental health and well-being are not nearly as well understood to other areas of health. We are not giving mental health the attention demanded by its impact on society.

As a developed country, we could do better. We need to acknowledge the balance of factors that both promote mental health and support the recovery of people with mental health problems. we also need to acknowledge that the way we live and the decisions we make across all areas of policy have a profound impact on our collective mental health.
The Fundamental Facts will help contribute to that understanding.

MENTAL HEALTH FACTS:

1 in 10 children and young people aged 5 – 16 suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder – that is around three children in every class

Between 1 in every 12 and 1 in 15 children and young people deliberately self-harm

There has been a big increase in the number of young people being admitted to hospital because of self harm. Over the last ten years this figure has increased by 68% More than half of all adults with mental health problems were diagnosed in childhood. Less than half were treated appropriately at the time

Nearly 80,000 children and young people suffer from severe depression

Over 8,000 children aged under 10 years old suffer from severe depression

72% of children in care have behavioural or emotional problems – these are some of the most vulnerable people in our society

95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder. Many of them are struggling with more than one disorder

The number of young people aged 15-16 with depression nearly doubled between the 1980s and the 2000s

The proportion of young people aged 15-16 with a conduct disorder more than doubled between 1974 and 1999
Mental health statistics: men and women

In England, women are more likely than men to have a common mental health problem1 and are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders.

In 2013, 6,233 suicides were recorded in the UK for people aged 15 and older. Of these, 78% were male and 22% were female.

10% of mothers and 6% of fathers in the UK have mental health problems at any given time.

In England, women are more likely than men to have a common mental health problem1 and are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders.

In 2013, 6,233 suicides were recorded in the UK for people aged 15 and older. Of these, 78% were male and 22% were female.

10% of mothers and 6% of fathers in the UK have mental health problems at any given time.

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