Mental Health Statistics: UK & Worldwide

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  • 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year, and 1 in 6 experiences this at any given time.
    (The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report, 2001)

  • Although mental disorders are widespread, serious cases are concentrated among a relatively small proportion of people who experience more than one mental health problem. (The British Journal of Psychiatry, 2005)

  • It is estimated that approximately 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem.  (World Health Organisation, 2001)


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