The facts and figures around Mental Health are alarming.
Mental health effects around a quarter of the population in the UK with some effects being anxiety, panic attacks and depression . If we add substance misuse & abuse to these statistics the figures are truly alarming.
The stigma attached to mental health makes it harder for men to turn to a mental health professional. Women are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men and about ten percent of children have a mental health problem at any one time.
Suicide rate Higher in men
Suicide rates show that British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than British women and self-harm statistics for the UK show one of the highest rates in Europe: 400 per 100,000 population.
- It's estimated that around one million people will die by suicide worldwide each year.
- Suicide remains the most common cause of death in men under the age of 35 (Five Years On, Department Of Health, 2005).
- More than 5700 people in the UK died by suicide in 2010 (Samaritans Information Resource Pack, 2012).
- British men are three times as likely as British women to die by suicide (Samaritans Information Resource Pack, 2004).
- The suicide rate among people over 65 has fallen by 24% in recent years, but is still high compared to the population overall. (Samaritans Information Resource Pack, 2004).