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Our understanding of mental health, and how it affects our lives, is developing all the time. As part of improving your understanding of how many people struggle with mental health issues and specific disorders, it's a good idea to familiarise yourself with some of the latest research, facts, and statistics on the topic.

To help grow your awareness of mental health, we’ve listed some facts and figures from leading organisations in mental health and public health.

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Key Mental Health Statistics and Facts

  • 1 in 6 people, or approximately 45.8 million adults, report experiencing symptoms for common mental health problems, like anxiety and depression, in any given week in England. [1]
  • Nearly half (43.4%) of adults (24.5 million in England) think that they have had a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their life. [1]
  • 61% of adults with mental health conditions don’t access treatment. [1]
  • The amount of people with common mental health problems went up by 20% between 1993 to 2014, in both men and women. [1]
  • 14.3% of deaths worldwide, or approximately 8 million deaths each year, are attributable to mental disorders. [2]
  • 98% of people agree that mentally ill people experience stigma and discrimination. [3]
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems say that stigma and discrimination have a negative effect on their lives. [4]
  • 25% of people in England, approximately 14.1 million adults, say they feel lonely at least some of the time. [5]

Gender

  • 1 in 5 women report experiencing symptoms for mental health problems, compared to 1 in 8 men. [1]
  • 35.2% of men and 51.2% of women think they had a diagnosable mental health condition at some point in their life. [1]
  • A fifth of men (19.5%) and a third of women (33.7%) have had diagnoses for mental health conditions confirmed by professionals. [1]
  • Women and girls attempt suicide 1.5 to 2 times more often than men and boys. [6]
  • Three-quarters of registered suicide deaths in the UK in 2020 were for men. [7]
  • 40% of men said it would take thoughts of suicide or self-harm to compel them to seek professional help. [8]

Age

  • Approximately 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder. [9]
  • 45-to-49 years has the highest age-specific suicide rate (24.1 male and 7.1 female deaths per 100,000). [7]
  • Over a quarter (26%) of young women aged between 16–24 years old report having a common mental health problem in any given week. [1]
  • 1.4 million over-65s in the UK today are lonely. [10]
  • Globally, one in seven 10-19-year-olds experiences a mental disorder. [11]

Suicide

  • 1 in 5 people in England (approximately 11.3 million adults) have suicidal thoughts [1]
  • 1 in 14 people in England (approximately 4 million adults) self-harm. [1]
  • 1 in 15 people in England (approximately 3.7 million adults) attempt suicide. [1]
  • 46% of people who die by suicide had a known mental health condition. [12]
  • More than 1 in 3 people who die from suicide are under the influence of alcohol at the time of death. [13]

In the Workplace

  • Up to 300,000 people with mental health problems lose their jobs each year. [14]
  • 822,000 people suffered from common mental health problems like stress, depression or anxiety due to their workplace in 2020/21. [15]
  • 55% of workers say their employment has an adverse effect on their mental health. [15]
  • 71% of the people would worry about telling their employer if they had a mental health condition, for fear of getting a negative response. [16]
  • 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions. [17]

Specific Mental Health Disorders

Depression

  • Approximately 280 million people in the word have depression. [18]
  • The total number of people living with depression increased by 18.4% between 2005 and 2015. [19]
  • Including postnatal depression, 24% of women report having had depression at some stage in their life, compared with 13% of men. [20]

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Anxiety

  • In England in any given week in 2013, there was a 6.6% prevalence of anxiety. [1]
  • In England women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders as men. [21]
  • The median age of onset for anxiety disorders is 11 years. [22]

Read more anxiety statistics

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Mental Health Treatment at Priory

Mental health issues affect more people than many of us appreciate. For every single individual that is finding it tough, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone and that Help is available. At Priory, we have a world class team of mental health practitioners who can support you every step of the way towards getting your life back on track.

Our highly qualified specialists have extensive experience in delivering treatment for mental health. You’ll benefit from a personalised treatment plan which will help you to address your personal challenges and pave the way toward a healthy and happy future. 

We offer lots of different options for treatment at Priory, ranging from intensive inpatient stays, to weekly therapy sessions that fit in with your life and work commitments - including from the comfort of your own home with online therapy. All our treatment options can be undertaken in one of our purpose-built facilities across the UK.

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