Mental health statistics: economic and social costs
Mental health problems are associated with large direct costs for individuals and society, such as the provision of health and social care, and indirect costs including lost employment. In 2015, common mental health problems (e.g. anxiety, depression and stress) and more serious mental health problems were the third most important cause of sick leave. In 2015, mental-health-related issues were found to lead to approximately 17.6 million days’ sick leave, or 12.7% of the total sick days taken in the UK. 1 Research carried out by Oxford Economics suggests that 181,600 people cannot join the...
Mental health statistics: research costs
Mental health research in the UK is chronically underfunded. Mental health research is funded significantly less than research into physical conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and infectious diseases. On average, the UK invests approximately £115 million per year in mental health research. 1 Even though UK institutions are carrying out cutting-edge mental health research, they receive only 5.5% of the UK health research budget. In contrast, investment in cancer research is four times higher, at 19.6%. 2 In 2011, the amount spent on cancer research was £521 million, resulting in...
Mental health statistics: stress
Key findings from our study on stress for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018. This is the largest study on levels of stress in the UK.
Stressed nation: 74% of UK 'overwhelmed or unable to cope' at some point in the past year14 May 2018,
A UK-wide stress survey, commissioned for Mental Health Awareness Week has found that almost three quarters of adults (74%) have at some point over the past year felt so stressed they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
Less stressful workplaces: what we can all do14 May 2018, Chris O'Sullivan
Everybody can help make work less stressful. See our workplace lead Chris O'Sullivan's best bits of advice.
Royal statement on mental health awareness: Mental Health Foundation flash response15 May 2018,
Our statement on the Mental Health Minute broadcast on radio stations across the UK at 10:59 today.
60% of young people unable to cope due to pressure to succeed16 May 2018,
The pressure to succeed is stifling young adults in Britain, our new survey shows.
Animation | Stress: are we coping?
Our animation explores stress - what it is, how we're coping and how we can do better.
Lucy leads the policy team in the Foundation and works with colleagues to ensure that policy informs and supports all aspects of its work. She has a strong commitment to social justice, public mental health and reducing inequalities, and has an interdisciplinary master's in child...
How mental health days could improve the UK's mental health17 May 2018, Lucy Thorpe
We're calling for at least two 'mental health days' for every public sector worker to help manage their mental health. Here's why...