Key facts and trends in mental health, 2014 update

Key facts and trends in mental health - 2014 update

The third edition of the Mental Health Network factsheet giving an overview of the major trends and challenges facing mental health services has been released. Compiled from a wide range of sources, this updated factsheet sets out available data reflecting new figures, statistics and resources relating to:

• investment in services
• trends in morbidity
• suicide and homicide rates
• service activity
• use of mental health legislation
• mental health of children and young people
• service user experience
• inequalities experienced by people with mental health problems
• workforce and staff satisfaction

Key Facts

• In 2011/12, investment in mental health services for adults of working age (aged 18–64) dropped by 1 per cent in real terms from the previous year.
• The 2007 adult psychiatric morbidity survey found that the proportion of the English population aged between 16 and 64 meeting the criteria for one common mental disorder increased from 15.5 per cent in 1993 to 17.6 per cent in 2007.
• There were nearly 1.6 million (1,590,332) people in contact with specialist mental health services in 2012/13.
• 105,224 service users (6.6 per cent of all service users) spent time in hospital at some point in the year. This is a small increase from 6.3 per cent of all service users in 2011/12.
• People in contact with NHS funded adult specialist mental health services spent over 8 million (8,133,764) days in hospital in 2012/13 – an increase of just over 515,000 bed days from 7,618,269 in 2011/12.
• In 2012/13, there were 50,408 detentions under the Mental Health Act. This is 4 per cent (1,777) greater than during the 2011/12 reporting period.
• Between one in 12 and one in 15 children and young people are thought to deliberately self-harm.
• There were 3,626 inpatient admissions for child and adolescent psychiatry specialties in 2011/12, compared to 3,136 admissions in the previous year – a 15.6 per cent increase.
• Taking an inclusive definition of a mental health problem, which includes people with alcohol or illicit drug dependencies as well as conditions such as psychosis, about 42 per cent of all cigarettes smoked by the English population are smoked by people
with a mental health problem.
• Around 30 per cent of those suffering from a long-term physical health condition also have a mental health problem.

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