Mental health can affect anyone it discriminates no one!
It is important to spread awareness because psychological health issues are very prevalent in Britain (and the world).
Mental health conditions can range from relatively common disorders such as depression and anxiety to the more rare bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
The number of people experiencing mental illness in the UK is 16 million
Broken down this means approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, according to mental health charity Mind.
The most common mental health condition is anxiety, which affects 5.9 in every 100 people.
Men are three times as likely to take their own life than women
Every year around 6,000 people take their own life by suicide across the UK and Ireland. That is an average of 18 suicides a day – which is why prevention is key.
Although suicide affects both genders, three-quarters of all suicides in 2016 in Britain were male. However over the last 30 years this number has in fact decreased.
11% of the NHS budget is spent on related is Mental health issues.
Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14
Depression is the third leading cause of mental illness in young people.
Meanwhile, 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 have a diagnosable condition.
Three quarters of all mental health problems are established by the age of 24.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK
Suicide is the leading cause of death among men and women aged 20-34.
In addition, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-year-olds.
In fact, statistics from the Office of National Statistics show the number of young suicides is increasing.
Drugs are the most common form treatment. The number of medicines dispensed for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic attacks have more than doubled in the past 10 years. Although many people are not helped until they reach crisis stage more is always being put in place to help those that need it.
Educate yourself, help loved ones with their problems. Don’t dismiss things. The link below is all about help.