Mental Health

By Finnerty, Natalie and Autumn

Mental health problems are a serious issue but they are not commonly talked about and most people know very little about them. In school we have been told about mental health through workshops, assembleys and PSHE days, but lots of people still don’t understand how severe it can be or were to get help.
1 in 4 people living in the UK will experience mental health issues each year and 4-10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime. The most common form of mental health disorder in Britain is mixed Anxiety and Depression.
Every 7 years a survey is done of people living in England to find out the numbers of people who experience mental health issues each year (This is only a survey of people living at home so places like hospitals and prisons are not counted). These are some of the statistics from when it was last published in 2009:
2.6 in 100 people will suffer fromdepression.
4.7 in 100 people will suffer from anxiety.
1.6 in 100 people will suffer from an eating disorder.

There are lots of places to go for support with mental health problems:
http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines/
http://www.samaritans.org/
http://www.rethink.org/about-us/our-mental-health-advice
and many more.

For more information about mental health visit http://www.time-to-change.org.uk

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