19% of People Have Mild Mental Health Problems
- 19 Jun
Statistics show that almost a fifth of people aged 16 or over suffer with anxiety or depression.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says women are more likely to suffer mild mental illness, and people between ages 50-54 are more likely.
The ONS figures from their Measuring National Wellbeing programme, surveyed 40,000 households between 2010 and 2011, and showed that 19% of people aged 16 or over have anxiety or depression, with 21% of women reporting the symptoms and 16% of men.
Lifestyle is also a big contributor; those who were divorced or separated were more likely to have symptoms of mild to moderate mental ill health, with 27% showing signs of the conditions compared with 20% of those who were single, cohabiting or widowed and 16% of those who were married or in a civil partnership.
38% of those who said they were relatively unhappy with their health also had some indication of anxiety or depression, compared with 11% of those who declared themselves to be relatively satisfied with their health.
23% of people who are not in paid work reported they were experiencing mental health issues, compared with 15% of those in paid work.
The types of mental illness recorded on the questionnaire did not include severe mental disorders.
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