New data shows rise of mental ill health

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Alasdair Massie CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
2 February, 2017

The recently published House of Commons library briefing paper on mental health shows some concerning national trends regarding mental health. The report shows a rise in people reporting a mental disorder - up from 15.5% in 1993 to 18.9% in 2014.

One-in-six people reported having symptoms of a common mental disorder within the last 6 weeks. The largest group, by age, was those aged 16 – 24. Interestingly, by geographical area, the South West had the highest percentage of people reporting a common mental disorder in the last week - at 21%, compared with the lowest (South East) at 14%.

The report contains data on levels suicidal thoughts and other mental health issues, as well as data regarding use of 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' (IAPT). The House of Commons library has a wide range of breifing papers that are all available to the public.

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