We are supporting Mental Health Awareness Week from May 8 - 14.
A new survey of mental health across the UK by the Mental Health Foundation highlights how few people are flourishing with good mental health. Published to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week the report is based on interviews with more than 2,200 people.
13% of people reported high levels of good mental health
40% have experienced depression
25% have experienced panic attacks
75% of people in the lowest income households reported experience of mental health problems compared to 60% in the highest income bracket
85% of people out of work have experienced a mental health problem compared to 66% of those in work and around 50% of retired people
70% of women, young adults and people living alone have experienced a mental health problem
People over 55 report better than average mental health and are most likely to take positive step to deal with everyday life.
The report concludes that current levels of good mental health are 'disturbingly low' and the UK's collective mental health is deteriorating, although poor mental health is not evenly distributed throughout the population.
Among the report's proposals to improve mental health are a Royal Commission to investigate effective approaches to prevent poor mental health and develop good mental health, and a commitment to funding for mental health research appropriate to the scale of the problem.
A copy of the report Surviving or Thriving: The state of the UK's mental health is available to download from Mental Health Foundation website here.