Mental Health

1 in 4 people will have experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England. It can affect people's daily lives, relationships, and physical health. There's many factors in people's lives, interpersonal connections, and physical factor can all contribute to mental health disruptions.


Looking after mental health can preserve a person's ability to enjoy life. By looking after someones mental health means finding a balance between life activities, responsibilities, and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. 


Conditions such as stress, depression, and anxiety can all affect someones mental health and disrupts a person's routine. Although the term mental health is in common use, many conditions that doctors recognise as psychological disorders have physical roots. 

1 in 4 people suffer with mental health problems. Some of the specific diagnoses:

Mixed anxiety and depression: 8 in 10 people

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD): 6 in 100 people

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): 4 in 100 people

Depression: 3 in 100 people

Phobias: 2 in 100 people

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): 1 in 100 people

Panic disorder: fewer than 1 in 100 people

A person's diagnosis may change several time during their life. Some complex conditions are measured by how many people will be given this diagnosis over the course of their lifetime, or in any given year:

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD): 3 in 100 people (in their lifetime)

Borderline personality disorder (BPD): 2 in 100 people (in their lifetime)

Bipolar disorder: 2 in 100 people (in their lifetime)

Psychotic disorders (including schizophrenia): fewer than 1 in 100 people (in any given year)

These figures for these diagnoses can vary quite a lot. Also, personality disorder and schizophrenia are controversial diagnoses. These labels can be stigmatising. Many people feel that they shouldn't be used at all.