Mental health statistics: schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious disorder of the mind and brain but it is also highly treatable - yet the facts around it make for alarming reading.

  • For every £1 spent on early intervention psychosis teams that work with young people in their first episode of schizophrenia, £18 is saved.1
  • Aerobic exercise, such as using the treadmill, walking or cycling, performed for 30-40 minutes, three times a week for at least a 12 week period, was effective at improving mental health outcomes in people with schizophrenia.2
  • The average per person cost of lost employment (including service costs) due to schizophrenia and related conditions for those aged 45-64 is estimated at £19,078, while costs for those aged 15-44 were just under £30,000.3

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References

  • 1London School of Economics and Political Science, (2010). Promotion, prevention and early intervention dramatically cut the costs of mental ill health, says government-sponsored research report. [online] Available at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/news/archives/2011/04/Department_of_Health.aspx [Accessed 1 Sep. 2015].
  • 2Stanton R, & Happell B. (2014). A systematic review of the aerobic exercise program variables for people with schizophrenia. Current sports medicine reports, 13(4), pp. 260-266.
  • 3Department of Health, (2011). No health without mental health: A crossgovernment mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages. London: Crown.