World Mental Health Day falls on 10 October in 2015 and was set up by the Mental Health Foundation to help bring an end to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. To acknowledge the day, IBTimes UK brings you some facts and figures about mental illness.
One in four: A quarter of Britons will experience mental illness in some form over the course of a year. The most common types of mental illness for people in the UK are depression and anxiety, according to the Mental Health Foundation.
10%: One in ten children suffer from a mental illness. That roughly equates to one in every three children in a classroom, says YoungMinds.org.uk. This has highlighted the need to dismiss teenage mood swings as being put solely down to puberty.
6,708: This is the number of suicides in the UK and the Republic of Ireland in 2013, according to Samaritans. Men are roughly three and a half times more likely to commit suicide, yet women are more likely to be treated for depression.
400 per 100,000: The UK has the highest population of self-harmers in Europe, with 400 in every 100,000 people having done it.
35: Department of Health figures show that suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 35 and under.
90%: Perhaps the most alarming fact is that 90% of people who suffer from mental illness experience stigmatism and discrimination, according to Time To Change. Continue reading.
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