Mental health statistics: UK and worldwide
Mental health problems are a growing public health concern. They are prevalent not just in the UK, but around the world.
Mental health statistics: the most common mental health problems
Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health disorder in Britain.
Mental health statistics: suicide
Suicide remains the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 in the UK.
Mental health statistics: substance misuse
Discover the key statistics around substance misuse and mental health. 16.6% of adults in England report drinking to hazardous levels, while 1.2% report levels which indicate probable dependence on alcohol. 1 3.1% of adults in England show signs of drug dependence and men (4.3%) are more likely to be dependent on illegal drugs than women (1.9%). 2 Half of people with drug dependence were receiving mental health treatment in 2014 and adults with drug dependence are twice as likely as the general population to be using psychological therapy. 3 Browse all the mental health statistics Download a...
Mental health statistics: social determinants
It is increasingly recognised that the circumstances in which someone is born or lives can significantly impact mental health.
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.
Mental health statistics: relationships and community
How can relationships and social support mental health? Discover the statistics around this with our numbers guide.
Mental health statistics: refugees and asylum seekers
Information and statistics on the mental health of refugees and asylum seekers including causes and prevelance and how this compares to the general population.
Mental health statistics: poverty
A growing body of evidence, mainly from high-income countries, has shown that there is a strong socioeconomic gradient in mental health, with people of lower socioeconomic status having a higher likelihood of developing and experiencing mental health problems. 1 Children and adults living in households in the lowest 20% income bracket in Great Britain are two to three times more likely to develop mental health problems than those in the highest. 2 In 2004, evidence from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Survey found that the prevalence of severe mental health problems was around three...
Mental health statistics: physical health conditions
Discover the stats behind the relationship between physical and mental health problems: how does physical healh affect mental health and how does mental health affect physical health?
Mental health statistics: older people
The UK population is ageing rapidly, with the number of people aged 65 and over growing by nearly half in the past 30 years. People living longer is a cause for celebration, but older people are more vulnerable to mental health problems.
Mental health statistics: mental health at work
Find out how many people experience mental ill health at work and how businesses can benefit from prevention initiatives.
Mental health statistics: men and women
Mental health problems affect both men and women, but not in equal measure.
Mental health statistics: LGBT people
Due to a range of factors, LGBT people are more likely to experience a mental health problem than heterosexual people.
Mental health statistics: learning disabilities
Find out how mental health problems affect people with learning disabilities - an area that is often overlooked or misunderstood.
Mental health statistics: homelessness
Homeless people are significantly more likely to experience common and serious mental health problems, while mental health problems are a cause of homelessness for many.
Mental health statistics: family and parenting
While starting a family is an exciting time for many, it can also be stressful and mental ill health among mothers and fathers is not uncommon.
Mental health statistics: domestic violence
Millions of people in the UK have experienced domestic violence and this can have a long-lasting and significant effect on their mental health.
Mental health statistics: depression
Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth.
Mental health statistics: children and young people
We take a life-course approach to mental health because good mental health begins in infancy.
Mental health statistics: carers
Carers provide invaluable support and help to their family, friends and loved ones, whether this is for physical or mental health problems. The mental health needs of carers is often neglected, despite many carers having poor mental health. Looking after a family member with a mental health problem can have a significant impact on carers' own mental health. Mental health problems of carers include emotional stress, depressive symptoms and, in some cases, clinical depression. 1 71% of carers have poor physical or mental health. 2 Carers UK’s annual survey (2015) with over 5,000 carers across...
Mental health statistics: black, Asian and minority ethnic groups
Though the area of mental health in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups is under-researched, BAME groups are generally considered to be at higher risk of developing mental ill health. 1 Below is a summary of the research to date, but please apply caution when interpreting these results. The 2014 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) found the prevalence of common mental health problems to vary significantly by ethnic group for women, but not for men. Non-British white women were the least likely to have a common mental health problem (15.6%), followed by white British women (20...
Mental health statistics: bipolar
Formerly known as manic depression, bipolar is a mood disorder. Around 4 million people in the UK live with bipolar.