Which countries have the highest prevalence of mental illness?
The number of people with mental illness in the United Kingdom rose by 7% between 2010 and 2016, a rise that was mostly due to the country’s ageing population.
However, the number of new cases of the illness, which has been linked to psychosis and anxiety, has also increased.
In 2016, there were 2,621 people in the UK who had mental health conditions, up from 2,507 in 2010.
While the increase is not as dramatic as it might seem, the rise is nevertheless alarming.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the UK has the highest rate of mental health problems of any developed country, with 3,069 people with conditions of mental disorder and 3,000 people with substance use disorders.
The figures are also starker when you consider that the UK is the only developed country that has no mental health plan.
As such, there are a lot of people living with mental health issues.
In 2017, there was a 1.7% increase in the number living with a mental health condition, and there was an additional 5.3% increase between the same years in the numbers of people experiencing anxiety, depression, psychosis and major depressive disorder.
While there are other reasons why people with health problems may not want to seek medical attention, they can still have serious health consequences.
Mental health problems can be difficult to spot and prevent, and can cause serious consequences.
If you or anyone you know needs help, talk to a professional and get in touch with the Mental Health Helpline.