- Mental health problems can affect the way you think, feel and behave. They affect around one in four people in Britain, and range from common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
- A mental health problem can feel just as bad, or worse, as any other physical illness – only you cannot see it.
- Mental illness is the single largest cause of disability in the UK and accounts for one third of all illnesses. It is also the largest cost to the NHS at £10.4 billion (10.8% of the NHS budget).
- Mental health conditions do not discriminate – they affect people of all ages, genders, sexualities and ethnic groups. They do not care if you are rich, poor, successful, married or single– they really can affect any one of us.