Mental Health Statistics for England

These data are excerpt from a 2018 Parliamentary Report. [1] 1 in 6  people aged over 16 experienced a common mental disorder (CMD) in the last week. Around 1 million people received psychological therapy for a common mental disorder through the IAPT (Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) programme in 2016/17 and 1 million people were in contact adult mental health services as of December 2017. Generalised anxiety disorder was the most commonly identified CMD, followed by depressive episodes. 5.4% of people surveyed in 2014 reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year. This is an increase from 3.8% in 2000. 6.4% reported having ever self-harmed, up from 2.4% in 2000. 0.7% reported having attempted suicide in the past year.

37.6% of people with severe symptoms of common mental disorders reported having also having one of high blood pressure, asthma, cancer, epilepsy or asthma. By contrast, 25.3% of those with no or few symptoms of CMDs reported one of these health conditions. People with severe symptoms of a CMD were twice as likely to have asthma than those with no or few symptoms.

In 2016/17 it’s estimated that 45,864 people were detained under the Mental Health Act.

1          Baker C. Briefing Paper 6988. Mental health statistics for England: prevalence, services and funding. London: House of Commons Library 2018.