April 8, 2019

This month is mental health awareness month, and although we have already done a blog on the winter blues, that it is such a diverse subject, it is worth visiting again.

London, the UK and Abroad

  • Mental health problems are one of the main disease causes around the world
  • Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause disability worldwide, also contributing to the high levels of suicide and ischaemic heart disease.
  • In an average week, 1 in 6 people will experience a common mental health issue
  • 8% of the British population suffer from combined anxiety and depression
  • 4-10% of the British population will experience depression in their lifetime
  • In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety. That number has no doubt risen in recent years
  • Women are almost twice as likely to suffer from anxiety disorders than men
  • Compared with other regions, London has the largest proportion of the population reporting high levels of anxiety. 41% of London adults reported high levels of anxiety
  • 65,000 Londoners live with dementia and, if London follows the predicted national picture, numbers will almost double within the next 30 years.

Young People

  • 20% of the youth population could experience a mental health issue in any given year
  • 50% of mental health establish themselves by the age of 14 years and 75% by the age of 24
  • 10% of children aged 5-16 years old have a mental health issue


  • 7% of people experience mental health issues in the workplace
  • Working females are nearly twice as likely to suffer from common mental health problems than men
  • Mental health issues will affect 10% of mothers and 6% of fathers at any given time
  • Common mental disorders affect one in five women and one in eight men
  • 914,300 of working age adults living in London suffer from common mental health issues, such as anxiety, stress and mild depression


  • There were a reported 5,668 suicides in 2016
  • Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged between 20-49 years old in England and Wales
  • The suicide rate in Scotland increased by 8% from 2015 to 2016


The London Mental Health Report 2014

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