Facts Of Mental Health
Facts & FiguresMental health affects an estimated 450 million people world wide, yet despite this figure many still feel ashamed to seek diagnosis and support. Current figures state that each year in Britain an estimated 1 in 4 adults will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem, though only 230 of every 300 who need help will actually visit their GP.
Mental illness is an extremely common form of distress and exists in many different forms of facets, each of which can have a debilitating effect on both your mental and physical well-being. This section of the site features information, facts, figures and studies which provide an insight into the various aspects of mental health.
How Common is Mental Distress?For many years now stigma has been a big problem for individuals who have a mental illness. Stereotypes and negativity surrounding poor mental health has unfortunately meant that many who are suffering are left feeling like they are on the only one. Though there is still a long way to go before misconceptions about mental health are overcome completely, attitudes are beginning to change as more and more people are realising that having a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, and they are certainly not alone. Read More
Statistics about Key Mental Health ProblemsThe term mental health covers an extremely broad and complex spectrum of emotional and psychological issues. From panic attacks right through to bulimia nervosa and post natal depression, everyone is affected by life's twists and turns in an entirely different way.
Every year millions of individuals will have their lives disrupted by a mental health problem and it is for this reason that it is important we endeavour to discover as much as possible about the development, onset and treatment of these mental health issues.
This fact-sheet is a compilation of various information, facts and figures which we hope will offer a further insight and understanding of some of the key mental health issues many of us are facing today. Read More
Key Statistics about Children and Young PeopleThough we often associate mental health problems exclusively with adults, a huge number of children (0-16) and young people (16-24) in the UK are also affected by various forms of mental distress, with figures for those being diagnosed continuing to grow on a yearly basis.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, though estimates vary, research suggests that 20 per cent of children have a mental health problem in any given year with further research from The Office for National Statistics finding that one in ten children between the ages of 5 and 16 have a mental health disorder1, 2.
Children are extremely vulnerable to mental disorders and unlike adults who have the ability to identify, understand and seek help for a problem, a child may be confused and upset by what is happening to them. However, with organisations and the Government working hard to spread awareness and eliminate the stigma of mental illness, as children progress into young adults they will become more aware of what a mental illness is and will hopefully begin taking the first steps towards seeking help. Read More
Key Statistics about Men and Mental DistressIn the past much of the awareness and research regarding mental health issues has focused predominantly on women, whilst men with mental health concerns have had to face an element of negativity from society. Though in more recent years the stigma of mental health has been dramatically reduced for both men and women, many men still feel that it would be a weakness to acknowledge a mental health issue and either mask their problem or fail to recognise the symptoms.
This fact-sheet brings together a variety of information, facts and figures from various health resources, which we hope will further your understanding of the mental health issues thousands of men are struggling to cope with everyday. Read More