1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.
The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope.
Every seven years a survey is done in England to measure the number of people who have different types of mental health problem each year. It was last published in 2009 and reported these figures:
- Depression – 2.6 in 100 people
- Anxiety – 4.7 in 100 people
- Mixed anxiety and depression – 9.7 in 100 people
- Phobias – 2.6 in 100 people
- OCD – 1.3 in 100 people
- Panic disorder – 1.2 in 100 people
- Post-traumatic stress disorder – 3.0 in 100 people
- Eating disorders – 1.6 in 100 people
Some problems are asked about over a person’s lifetime, rather than each year:
- Suicidal thoughts – 17 in 100 people
- Self-harm – 3 in 100 people
Estimates for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders are also usually described over a person’s lifetime, rather than each year. Estimates for the number of people with these diagnoses do vary quite a lot but the most commonly reported figures are:
- Personality disorders – 3 to 5 people in every 100
- Bipolar disorder – 1 to 3 people in every 100
- Schizophrenia – 1 to 3 people in every 100
For further information and resources please see www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk.