Mental Health Awareness Week: Surviving or Thriving?

MHAWIt’s Mental Health Awareness week. This year, rather than asking why so many people are living with mental health problems, the initiative is seeking to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.

A recent survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation aimed to gain insight into the prevalence of self reported mental health problems, levels of positive and negative mental health in the population, and the actions people take to deal with the stressors in their lives. A total 2,290 interviews were completed the results of which are below.

Key findings

  • Only a small minority of people (13%) report living with high levels of good mental health.
  • People over the age of 55 report experiencing better mental health than average.
  • People aged 55 and above are the most likely to take positive steps to help themselves deal better with everyday life – including spending time with friends and family, going for a walk, spending more time on interests, getting enough sleep, eating healthily and learning new things.
  • More than 4 in 10 people say they have experienced depression
  • Over a quarter of people say they have experienced panic attacks.
  • The most notable differences are associated with household income and economic activity – nearly 3 in 4 people living in the lowest household income bracket report having exprienced a mental health problem, compared to 6 in 10 of the highest household income bracket.
  • The great majority (85%) of people out of work have experienced a mental health problem compared to two thirds of people in work and just over half of people who have retired.
  • Nearly two-thirds of people say that they have experienced a mental health problem. This rises to 7 in every 10 women, young adults aged 18-34 and people living alone.

As a service providing Mental Health Rehabilitation Units in the West Midlands, we shape every aspect of care and daily living to the individual, whatever it may be. We recently asked some of our staff members and service users to have their say on what mental health means to them. Why not take a look? Click the button below. 

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