Mental Health: Key Facts


Mental Health: Key Facts
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Mental Health: Key Facts

LIVES is part of addressing the stigma around mental health. We need to approach mental health in the same way we look at the safety through physical first aid.

Talking about our mental health is difficult for many. Through mental health awareness training there is the opportunity to reflect on our mental health and start the conversation. Let’s get talking and make a cultural change.

Let’s look at some of the facts around mental health:

  1. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem, which means someone you know may be struggling with mental illness. (www.time-to-change.org.uk)
  2. 1 in 10 children experience mental illness (NHS)
  3. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy, and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health.
  4. Three in four mental illnesses start in childhood
  5. 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches their 18th birthday, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before the age of 15. (The Guardian 2017)
  6. 792 million people are affected by mental health issues worldwide (MHFA England)
  7. 1 in 6 workers will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time (MHFA England)
  8. 69% of UK line managers say that supporting employee wellbeing is a core skill, but only 13% have received mental health training. 35% of line managers reported a wish for basic training in common mental health conditions (MHFA England) 
  9. 24% of women and 13% of men in England are diagnosed with depression in their lifetime
  10. There were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK in 2013
  11. The UK has one of the highest self-harm rates in Europe
  12. 21.2% of young people aged 11-19 report being cyber bullied in the past year

If you are worried about someone’s mental health or even your own, there is support available. Whether you just want some more advice on how to deal with a situation or you need someone to talk to, see if your workplace has a dedicated mental health first aider or employee assistance programme, or visit the Mental Health First Aid England website for further guidance.

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