Throughout the course of the year, a quarter of the British population will suffer from a mental health problem, with anxiety and depression being the most common types in the UK.
Fewer than half of the estimated global figure of 350 million that suffer from depression actually receive treatment. In some countries however, less than 10% of people who have depression seek help due to a lack of healthcare workers, resources and social stigma.
Here are some facts about one of the most common mental health illnesses:
- Depression isn’t a short-lived emotional response; it’s a serious mental illness. At its worst, it can make people feel suicidal.
- Around one million deaths are caused by depression-related suicide each year. Figures show that men in Britain are three times as likely to commit suicide in comparison to women.
- The UK’s self-harming stats are one of the highest in Europe – approximately 400 in every 100,000 self-harm.
- Men are less likely to be treated for a mental health condition.
- Approximately 10% of children have a mental health problem.
- Only one in 10 people in prison do not have a mental health problem.
- Female prisoners are 35 times more likely to have mental health issues compared with women in general. Male prisoners are 14 times more likely than the general male population.
- Even in the most high profile countries, depression can go undiagnosed, or can be misdiagnosed.
- Depression affects two in five older people living in care homes, and one in five that live in the community.
To find out more about depression, please visit the Depression Alliance website.