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Mental Health Statistics Quiz

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Mental Health Statistics

Congratulations - you have completed Mental Health Statistics. You scored %%SCORE%% out of %%TOTAL%%. This quiz is based on data from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England.  Last updated October 2020
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Question 1
Over a third of the public think people with a mental health issue are likely to be violent.
A
False
B
True
Question 1 Explanation: 
People with severe mental illness are more likely to be the victims, rather than the perpetrators of violent crime.
Question 2
1 in 4 people experience mental health issues every year.
A
True
B
False
Question 3
At any time 1 in 10 working-age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health.
A
True
B
False
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.
Question 4
The UK suicide rate has decreased since 2013.
A
True
B
False
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.
Question 5
The percentage of people who receive no treatment for a diagnosable mental illness is:-
A
50-55%
B
20-25%
C
70-75%
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).
Question 6
Half of mental ill health starts by age 15 and 75% by age 18.
A
False
B
True
Question 7
What % of young people with mental ill health wait more than six months to receive care from a specialist.
A
20%
B
30%
C
10%
Question 8
The % of young people aged 5-19 who meet the clinical criteria for a mental health disorder is:-
A
12.8%
B
6.4%
C
18.6%
Question 9
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.
A
False
B
True
Question 10
1 in 10 people take a day off due to stress.
A
False
B
True
Question 10 Explanation: 
It is 1 in 5 but 90% of these give a different reason for their absence.
Question 11
Mental ill health is responsible for:-
A
55 million working days lost and costs £26 billion each year
B
30 million working days lost and costs £15 billion each year
C
72 million working days lost and costs £35 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.
Question 12
People with a long-term mental health condition lose their jobs at about double the rate of those without a mental health condition.
A
True
B
False
Question 12 Explanation: 
This equates to about 300,000 people.
Question 13
In 2019 15% of employees who disclosed mental health issues to their line manager reported being disciplined, dismissed or demoted.
A
False
B
True
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.
Question 14
Nearly 70% of UK line managers say that supporting employee wellbeing is a core skill.
A
True
B
False
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.
Question 15
Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.
A
False
B
True
Question 15 Explanation: 
It is also a major contributor to suicide and coronary heart disease. Depression often co-occurs with other mental health issues.
Question 16
Major depression is more common in males than females.
A
True
B
False
Question 16 Explanation: 
24% of women and 13% of men in England are diagnosed with depression in their lifetime.
Question 17
Among the general population 20% have had suicidal thoughts at some time.
A
True
B
False
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.
Question 18
In 2018 more than 16 people per day took their life.
A
False
B
True
Question 18 Explanation: 
It is estimated that 10-25 times that number attempted suicide.
Question 19
More males than females attempt suicide but more females die by suicide.
A
False
B
True
Question 19 Explanation: 
More females attempt suicide but 75% of suicides are males. Female suicide rates have increased to their highest level since 2005.
Question 20
Nearly 30% of people who complete suicide have been in contact with mental health services in the year before their death.
A
False
B
True
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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