Mental Health Statistics
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Over a third of the public think people with a mental health issue are likely to be violent.
Question 1 Explanation:
People with severe mental illness are more likely to be the victims, rather than the perpetrators of violent crime.
1 in 4 people experience mental health issues every year.
At any time 1 in 10 working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health.
Question 3 Explanation:
1 in 6 working-age adults have symptoms. This is about 1 in 5 woman and 1 in 8 men. Since 2000 this has steadily increased in women and remained largely stable in men.
The UK suicide rate has decreased since 2013.
Question 4 Explanation:
The male suicide rate in 2018 was 17.2 deaths per 100,000 and showed a significant increase from the previous year. For females the UK rate is 5.4 deaths per 100,000 which has stayed consistent. Males and females aged 45-49 have the highest age specific suicide rate.
The percentage of people who receive no treatment for a diagnosable mental illness is:-
Question 5 Explanation:
This is not just a UK but a worldwide problem even in high income countries. Treatment rates are lower in low income countries and for those with a low social economic status (indicated by family income and respondent education).
Half of mental ill health starts by age 15 and 75% by age 18.
What % of young people with mental ill health wait more than six months to receive care from a specialist.
The % of young people aged 5-19 who meet the clinical criteria for a mental health disorder is:-
In 2018/19 stress, depression or anxiety were responsible for 44% of all cases of work-related ill health and 54% of all working days lost due to health issues in Great Britain.
1 in 10 people take a day off due to stress.
Question 10 Explanation:
It is 1 in 5 but 90% of these give a different reason for their absence.
Mental ill health is responsible for:-
30 million working days lost and costs £15 billion each year
72 million working days lost and costs £35 billion each year
55 million working days lost and costs £26 billion each year
Question 11 Explanation:
Different studies will estimate the cost of mental ill health in different ways. Other reputable research estimates this cost to be as high as £74–£99 billion. Every year it costs business £1,300 per employee whose mental health needs are unsupported.
People with a long-term mental health condition lose their jobs at about double the rate of those without a mental health condition.
Question 12 Explanation:
This equates to about 300,000 people.
In 2019 15% of employees who disclosed mental health issues to their line manager reported being disciplined, dismissed or demoted.
Question 13 Explanation:
This was 9% in 2019. The percentage of people reporting discipline, dismissal or demotion in the Business in the Community report has reduced over the last three years: it was 15% in 2017, 11% in 2018 and 9% in 2019.
Nearly 70% of UK line managers say that supporting employee wellbeing is a core skill.
Question 14 Explanation:
Only 13% have received mental health training. 35% of line managers reported a wish for basic training in common mental health conditions.
Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.
Question 15 Explanation:
It is also a major contributor to suicide and coronary heart disease. Depression often co-occurs with other mental health issues.
Major depression is more common in males than females.
Question 16 Explanation:
24% of women and 13% of men in England are diagnosed with depression in their lifetime.
Among the general population 20% have had suicidal thoughts at some time.
Question 17 Explanation:
This is highest in 16-24 year olds with 26.8% having had suicidal thoughts. In the general population 6.7% have attempted suicide and 7.3% have engaged in self harm again this is higher in 16-24 year olds.
In 2018 more than 16 people per day took their life.
Question 18 Explanation:
It is estimated that 10-25 times that number attempted suicide.
More males than females attempt suicide but more females die by suicide.
Question 19 Explanation:
More females attempt suicide but 75% of suicides are males. Female suicide rates have increased to their highest level since 2005.
Nearly 30% of people who complete suicide have been in contact with mental health services in the year before their death.
Question 20 Explanation:
It is estimated that 80-90% of people who attempt/ die by suicide have a mental health condition but not all are diagnosed. 43% of those aged under 20 were not in contact with health care, social care or justice services at any time before their death by suicide.
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