Maps have revealed “hotspots” of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses in England, based on the amount of medication prescribed by GPs.
What is the state of mental health in England and Wales? What a pity that this mapping is not universal. The limitations of the smaller mutual: (Wales Scotland and N Ireland) are exposed. One measure of a society being civilised is how it looks after mental health and disability. A two tier system is arriving, and Andrew Holdenby in The Telegraph seems to support it being official.
Around 16% of adults have a common mental disorder. Find out more about how these conditions are affecting England and Wales
Almost one in four people are subject to some sort of psychiatric disorder
The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) in 2007 was the most comprehensive look at how many people were suffering from mental health issues at that time in England and Wales.
Although the data is relatively old it is the latest government-backed comprehensive national study of mental health available. NatCen is currently putting together a newer edition.
23% of adults screened positive for at least one of the conditions under study. Of those that did 19.1% had two conditions while 12.2% had three or more.
Psychiatric disorders in this case applies to things like generalised anxiety disorder, mixed anxiety and depressive disorder, and obsessive and compulsive disorder.
In the week before the survey, 16.2% of adults had a common mental disorder (CMD)
The list of CMDs includes several types of depression and anxiety. These are ones that cause distress and problems for people in their daily lives but do not affect their ability to think rationally.
Women were more likely than men to have a CMD at 19.7% and 12.5% respectively. Only for panic disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder do women not have significantly higher rates than men.
Out of the adults tested, 7.5% had CMDs of such a level of severity that the person required treatment.
Nearly 1.6m people in contact with specialist mental health services in England during 2012/13
The latest mental health service bulletin from HSCIC showed that approximately one adult in every 27 in England was in contact with these services. When breaking the users down by gender 705,000 of them were male while 885,000 were female, which is a 44:56 split.
The largest age group in 10 year bands was 40-49 year olds, who make up 16% of the total number of mental health service users.
Self-harm in 2012/13: 96,900 inpatient care episodes………
The last mental health bulletin was the first to include data on self-harm. In 2012/13 there were 96,900 instances where someone received care in hospital (inpatient care).
Only blasphemers who do not worship at the altar of our sacred NHS can save it – Andrew Haldenby in The Telegraph 27th Feb 2017