- 1 in 4 adults will experience some kind of mental health problem at some point each year, and 1 in 6 experiences this at any one time.
- 1 in 10 children and young people under the age of 15 suffer from mental disorder.
- Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health problem in Britain, with around 1 in 6 affected.
- Depression affects 1 in 5 older people living in the community and 2 in 5 in care homes.
- Dementia affects around 5% of people over the age of 65.
- More severe mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder are much less common, affecting around 1 in 200 adults each year.
- An estimated 13.5 million working days are lost to stress related sickness absences and stress related conditions are now the commonest reported cause of sickness absence.
- People are more likely to experience common mental health problems if they are unemployed, have a chronic physical health condition or have experienced adverse life events such as relationship breakdown or bereavement.
- People can, and do, recover from mental health problems. About half of people who experience common mental health problems are no longer affected by them after 18 months.