In the UK right now, there is an epidemic behind closed doors.
Mental health problems are on the rise.
In 2018, a sixth of the UK population aged 16-64 is suffering from a common mental health problem at any one time. These can include stress, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. Despite NHS targets for ‘talking therapies,’ drugs are still the principal treatment.
Prescriptions for antidepressants in the UK rose by 108% in the ten years to 2016.
women are more likely to be affected than men…
1 in 5 claim to have suffered with a common mental health problem.
…but men are more likely to take their own lives.
Less likely to seek help about mental health problems, suicide is the biggest killer of men under 49 in the UK. Three quarters of all suicides are men.
Young people in a 21st century world are particularly at risk...
Psychiatrists are increasingly linking social media use to cyber-bullying and peer-group pressure. Half of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14, and three quarters by the age of 24.
…And you might be suffering and not even know it.
Extensive technology use has been linked to stress, insomnia and depression. Interaction via smartphones has led to a decline in quality of friendships and attention spans, and a sharp upturn in insecurity, technological dependency, and social envy – all of which can lead to so-called ‘digital dementia’ and a downturn in overall mental health. High-functioning professionals and young people are the most vulnerable.
But Attitudes are changing.
23% of NHS activity concerns mental health problems but mental health trusts receive only 11% of the funding. As the nation’s attitudes towards speaking out about mental health problems improves, so people are willing to talk more, help themselves – and help others. Which is where Mountains for the Mind comes in.