Surviving or thriving? The state of the UK’s mental health

In March the Mental Health Foundation commissioned a survey by NatCen in England, Scotland and Wales which aimed to understand 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 stressors in their lives.   2,290 interviews were completed, with 82% online and 18% by phone. The survey challenges the assumption that ongoing stress is the price paid to keep life on track

Some of the Key Findings were

  • 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

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