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How many people have mental health problems?

How common are mental health problems?

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year.

Are mental health problems increasing?

The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope. 

Different types of mental health problem

Every seven years a survey is done in England to measure the number of people who have different types of mental health problem each year[1]. It was last published in 2009 and reported these figures:

Depression 2.6 in 100 people
Anxiety 4.7 in 100 people
Mixed anxiety and depression 9.7 in 100 people
Phobias   2.6 in 100 people
OCD  1.3 in 100 people
Panic disorder 1.2 in 100 people
Post traumatic stress disorder 3.0 in 100 people
Eating disorders  1.6 in 100 people


Some problems are asked about over a person’s lifetime, rather than each year:

Suicidal thoughts                                    17 in 100 people

Self-harm                                              3 in 100 people

Estimates for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and personality disorders are also usually described over a person’s lifetime, rather than each year. Estimates for the number of people with these diagnoses do vary quite a lot but the most commonly reported figures are:

Personality disorders[2]     3 to 5 people in every 100

Bipolar disorder[3]            1 to 3 people in every 100

Schizophrenia[3]                  1 to 3 people in every 100


Note- all of these surveys report figures for people living at home, so places like hospital and prison are not included.

[1] The Health & Social Care Information Centre, 2009, Adult psychiatric morbidity in England,   Results of a household survey

[2] Coid J, Yang M, Tyrer P, Roberts A, Ullrich S., 2006, Prevalence and correlates of personality disorder in Great Britain. British Journal of Psychiatry, 188: 423-431

[3] Perala et al (2007) Lifetime prevalence of psychotic and bipolar I disorders in a general population Archives of general psychiatry, 64:19-28



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