How common are mental health problems?
Research suggests that about one in four people experience mental distress at any one time.
The most common problems are anxiety and depression. One in a hundred people are diagnosed with schizophrenia. Approximately five per cent of people 65 and over, and twenty per cent of people over 80 years old, will develop dementia with the most common form being Alzheimer's Disease.
About 630,000 adults are in contact with specialist mental health services in England and over 95 per cent of people in touch with services live in the community.
More women than men experience mental distress: about one in four women and more than one in ten men seek help for depression though the number of men who experience mental ill health is increasing. Men are three times more likely than women to have alcohol dependence and twice as likely to be dependent on drugs.
Eating disorders are becoming increasingly common, especially in larger cities. Bulimia, for example, currently affects about three out of every one hundred women.
More than one in five adolescents think so little of themselves that life does not seem worth living. One in five deaths of young people are suicide.