Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a Mental Health problem each year, with 1 in 6 of them experiencing Anxiety and Depression in a week.
In 2016 a survey was taken about Mental Health, and it shows us that 6 in 100 people suffer from Anxiety, 3 suffer from Depression and 4 suffer from PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder). It doesn’t stop there though, oh no. 2 out of 100 people suffer from Bipolar disorder and BPD (Borderline personality disorder). Not to alarm any of you but 21 in 100 people have suicidal thoughts resulting in 7 of them attempting this, along with 7 people Self Harming. These results come from people who have been diagnosed and are willing to declare their Illness, imagine how many people are out there that haven’t been diagnosed or don’t wish to declare this.
You may think 100 people is a lot, and that these numbers are insignificant. So I decided to work this out. There are 60.14 million people living in the UK alone. So rounding this down to 60 million, and taking the Depression statistics, I decided to work out the average amount of people in the UK suffering from Depression. 18,000,000. That’s how many people in the UK alone suffer from Depression. So just think of the results on our total population of 7.6 Billion people and counting.
Yet with results like these society still treats Mental Illness as a taboo, refusing to believe that it is real and to its full extent. Around 20 people out of 100 are attempting, and many succeeding, in suicide. This doesn’t just affect one person as on average 6 people, mainly family and friends, are intimately affected by suicide. So please tell me how people cannot see this? People are suffering in front of our eyes yet we choose to ignore it because it’s invisible. Cancer can be invisible but once you feel the symptoms and are diagnosed you’ll act immediately. So why not do the same with Mental health?
My point in all of this is that we can no longer pretend like this is not happening. These statistics are very real and so is Mental Illness.
We hope this sheds some more light onto Mental illness. If you need help there are many ways to do this both online and face to face. Our sister site Mind Your Way has a lot more information and advice on getting help where you live and in a way that you’re comfortable with.