Authors: Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at Mind (London, UK)
An introduction to mental health, its prevalence in England and Mind’s thoughts about NHS Digital’s Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey.
Who are we?
We’re Mind, the mental health charity. We provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.
Why is it important to talk about mental health?
“One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.”
One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. They range from common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, to less commonly diagnosed problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Although the number of people experiencing mental health problems doesn’t tend to change dramatically over time, the rate of antidepressants being prescribed has been increasing for a number of years. This could be a sign that doctors are getting better at spotting symptoms of mental health problems, that people are more willing to seek support or that people are being prescribed antidepressants during their long wait time for other treatments such as talking therapies.
That said, according to the World Health Organisation, by 2020 depression will be the second leading cause of health problems in the world.