Study suggests 1 in 4 British people suffer mental illness at some point

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Study suggests 1 in 4 British people suffer mental illness at some point

Post by Ben Reilly on Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:01 pm

One in four adults has been diagnosed with a mental illness at some stage during their lifetime, the annual health survey for England suggests.

The survey asked 5,000 adults and found 26% said they had received a mental health illness diagnosis.

Depression was the most frequently reported mental illness, with nearly one in five (19%) people saying they had been diagnosed with the condition.

Women were more likely than men to have depression, the survey found.

Other findings in the survey include:

  • Half of those who reported being diagnosed with a common mental disorder said that they had experienced the condition in the past 12 months

    3% of men and 5% of women reported they had self-harmed

    4% of men and 7% of women reported suicide attempts

    In terms of depression - including post-natal depression - 24% of women reported having had the condition at some stage, compared with 13% of men


The survey makes a distinction between common and serious mental health disorders, with common ones being conditions such as anxiety and phobias while serious conditions are illnesses such as bipolar, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

The survey found that rates of ever being diagnosed with a common mental disorder were higher among women at 31% than men at 17%.

Attitudes and prejudice towards mental health were also examined by the research.

It found that 19% of adults thought "one of the main causes of mental illness is a lack of self-discipline and willpower".

The survey also asked specific questions and found that 18% of people thought "most women who were once patients in a mental hospital can be trusted as babysitters", but 20% did not know.

'Less tolerant views'

Rachel Craig, from the National Centre for Social Research which carried out study, said: "This survey leaves us in no doubt as to the prevalence of mental ill health in England.

"Despite it affecting so many of us, prejudice against people with a mental illness still exists and there is some resistance to the provision of community care for people suffering with mental ill health.

"Men are more likely to hold prejudiced and less tolerant views than women. But there is evidence that if you know someone with a mental illness you are less likely to hold negative views."

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35322354

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Re: Study suggests 1 in 4 British people suffer mental illness at some point

Post by Fuzzy Zack on Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:15 pm

There about 53 million people in the UK.

http://countrymeters.info/en/United_Kingdom_(UK)

At 26%, that equates to just under 14 million people who have been depressed in the UK.

Isn't that how statistical analysis works? ;-)~
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Re: Study suggests 1 in 4 British people suffer mental illness at some point

Post by Ben Reilly on Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:18 pm

Fuzzy Zack wrote:There about 53 million people in the UK.

http://countrymeters.info/en/United_Kingdom_(UK)

At 26%, that equates to just under 14 million people who have been depressed in the UK.

Isn't that how statistical analysis works? ;-)~

Probably the number is smaller than that, given that it was just a survey of adults and you'd expect mental illness rates to be lower among children. That's just an educated guess, though.

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Post by Raggamuffin on Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:19 pm

Fuzzy Zack wrote:There about 53 million people in the UK.

http://countrymeters.info/en/United_Kingdom_(UK)

At 26%, that equates to just under 14 million people who have been depressed in the UK.

Isn't that how statistical analysis works? ;-)~

It says 19% in the OP.

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Post by Lord Foul on Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:43 pm

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