Anxiety: No mind should be left behind

As we move through the year 2024, mental health continues to be a critical issue in the United Kingdom. Mental health has come a long way in the past couple of decades. Public awareness has become more understood and acceptable, and the stigma attached is declining.


However, as many as 93% of people living with a mental health condition feel there is still room for improvement. With the landscape of mental health services and awareness continually evolving, it’s essential to take a closer look at the current state, challenges, and advancements in this vital area of public health.

A reflection of mental health in the UK 2024

Recent statistics paint a concerning picture, with more than one in seven UK adults reporting their mental health as either evil or the worst it’s ever felt. The data reveals a gender disparity, with 18.5% of women compared to 12.5% of men struggling with poor mental health. These figures underscore the ongoing need for robust mental health support and services.

Anxiety is one of the largest sectors of mental health in 2024. 28% of young people between the ages of 16-29 are likely to feel some form of anxiety (Office of National Statistics).

The same study states that 3.9 adults in every 10 people reported feeling anxious.

45% of people between the age of 18 – 24  who presented with anxiety issues admitted to feeling shame. They felt reluctant to discuss their anxiety. Of these, in a survey of 6000, 34% of young people felt anxious most of the time.

In the workforce, an estimated 914.000 people suffer from work-related stress and anxiety.

The NHS has been at the forefront of addressing mental health issues, with the Mental Health Services Monthly Statistics offering a timely picture of those using NHS-funded secondary mental health, learning disabilities, and autism services. However, over two million people are waiting for NHS mental health services, and the number of young people struggling with their mental health has nearly doubled since 2017. This highlights the growing demand for mental health care and the urgency to address it.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

We are in Mental Health Awareness Week from 13 to 19 May 2024. This year, the #NoMindLeftBehind campaign was launched. The initiative calls for raising awareness and funds to ensure everyone can access quality mental health care when needed. It’s a movement that emphasises the collective responsibility to support mental well-being.

2024 advocacy and policy 

The upcoming general election presents an opportunity to centre mental health in political discourse. Advocacy groups are urging all political parties to commit to improving access to mental health for the UK population, advocating for policies that create conditions for everyone to experience good mental health.

What does the future hold?

The UK’s approach to mental health in 2024 is collaborative, involving government policy, healthcare services, and public awareness campaigns. While challenges persist, there is a concerted effort to collaborate access to mental health services and support individuals affected by mental health issues.

The UK’s efforts in 2024 reflect a commitment to addressing this complex issue. With continued advocacy, policy development, and community support, there is hope for a future where better mental health care is accessible effectively for all who need it.

In summary, mental health in the UK in 2024 is one of both concern and progress. As we move forward, it’s crucial to maintain the momentum in improving mental health services and ensuring that no mind is left behind.

If you feel that you or someone you know is finding life a struggle with mental health issues, remember that professional help is accessible. I offer a no-obligation free discovery call for home-based counselling across the UK if you want to explore how you feel. 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by David Pender, MBACP, Integrative Psychotherapy | Specialising in Anxiety
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David S. Pender is a qualified BACP therapist who provides counselling and psychotherapy services to adults throughout London & the UK. He has extensive experience in dealing with problems related to anxiety, trauma, chronic stress, social anxiety, panic attacks, generalised anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Free discovery calls

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