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Mental Health Foundation report: Surviving or Thriving? The State of the UK’s Mental Health

Date: 31/5/2017
Summary: For Mental Health Awareness Week in May 2017, the Mental Health Foundation have published a report on the UK’s mental health

The Foundation argues for a universal approach to support better mental health – including placing greatest priority where the risks are greatest.

The report finds:

And concluded:

  1. Current levels of good mental health are disturbingly low. The barometer of success of any nation is the health and wellbeing of its people. We have a long way to go before we can say that we are a thriving nation. Although we have made great strides in the health of our bodies and our life expectancy, we now need to achieve the same for the good health of our minds
  2. The survey suggests that our collective mental health is deteriorating. Overall most of us report experiencing a mental health problem in our lifetime. However, young adults report this at a higher level, despite having had fewer years in their lives to experience this. While there may be an element which reflects a greater ease at acknowledging a mental health problem, nevertheless this suggests a real and emerging problem. It is possible that it is linked to greater insecurities in life expectations for work, relationships and homes. The reasons and solutions warrant investigation
  3. The figures show that the experience of poor mental health, while touching every age and demographic, is not evenly distributed. If you are female, a young adult, on low income, living alone or in a large household, your risks of facing mental ill health are higher

Read a summary, or download the full report (pdf).

Source: Equality and Diversity Forum

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