Mental Health

The facts and figures around Mental Health

About a quarter of the population will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, with mixed anxiety and depression the most common mental disorder in Britain:

•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

•Depression affects 1 in 5 older people

•Suicides 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

•Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health problems in the UK and elsewhere, yet it is still under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated.

•Only 1 in 10 prisoners has no mental disorder.

•People with mental health problems are up to ten times more likely to become victims of crime than the general population.

•In 2013/14 there were 44,480 hate crimes recorded by the police, of which 1,985 (4%) were disability hate crimes.

Support & Getting Help

Merseyside Police is continuing to support Mersey Care and mental health services across the region – find out more about what we are doing here.

Getting help

Support is available through a number of organisations such as;-

• Samaritans
Telephone: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours a day)


• Mind Info line
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)


• Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line
Telephone: 0300 5000 927 (10am-2pm Monday to Friday)



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