Counselling Facts & Figures

615 million people suffer from anxiety or depression.

1 in 4 people will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem.

The number of people who are affected by mental health is rising. According to Our World in Data, 792 million people are affected by mental health issues worldwide.

Current figures state that each year in Britain an estimated one in four adults will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem.

Mental illness is extremely common and exists in different forms, each of which can have an adverse effect on your well-being. This section of the site features information, facts, figures and studies, providing an insight into the various aspects of mental health.

How common is mental distress?

How common is mental distress imagePeople with mental distress may experience problems that affect the way they think, feel and behave. The term 'mental distress' is used to describe a range of mental health issues, from the more common problems such as anxiety and depression, to the less common, such as schizophrenia.

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Statistics about key mental health problems

key mental health statisticsAccording to the Mental Health Foundation, every year in the UK 70 million workdays are lost due to mental illness, including anxiety, depression and stress related conditions. This means mental illness is the leading cause of sickness and absence from work.

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Key statistics about children and young people

key stats about children and young peopleThe emotional well-being of children and young people is just as important as their physical health. The early years of adulthood are a crucial time as the mind and body are rapidly developing and children are constantly facing new challenges.

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Key statistics about men and mental health

men and mental health

Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race or social background. Despite this however, studies have shown that certain mental illnesses affect men and women differently. Perhaps the most interesting (and worrying) finding is that while on average more women are diagnosed with common mental health problems than men, the rate of male suicide is significantly higher.

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Key statistics about women and mental health

women mental healthThere are a number social and economic factors that can put women at a greater risk of poor mental health compared with men. However, is it believed that women are far more likely to talk about what they are going through and seek support through their social networks to help with their mental health.

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Relationships and family

family mental health statsRelationships are a vital part of our lives. They can bring us great happiness and strong connections with our family members, friends and work colleagues help us maintain health, well-being and fulfilment. While for many people these relationships offer an important source of love, support and advice, for others, it may not come so easy.

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Discrimination and minority groups

discrimination statsDiscrimination towards minority groups has existed in society for decades, and though in recent years these negative attitudes have declined, many barriers and disadvantages still exist for those belonging to different cultures.

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Statistics about mental health treatments and services

a man with a counsellorWhen it comes to mental health, there are various ways you can seek support and treatment. Some people are referred by their GPs, while others opt for private treatment. The treatments themselves can include talk therapy, medication and lifestyle changes.

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Social Influences and mental health

man sad at workMillions of individuals will be affected by poor mental health at some time during their lives, and though anyone can experience these problems, there are some people from certain backgrounds and social situations who are at a significantly greater risk.

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