Spotlight on London’s Mental Health Needs

Published On: February 21, 2018

This week we share an infographic titled “Spotlight on London’s mental health needs”.

At Rehab 4 Alcoholism, we are known for writing content about alcohol rehab in London.

However, many people suffering from alcohol addiction also suffer from co-occurring mental health issues.

In fact, we strongly believe that alcoholism is often a symptom of underlying mental health problems.

For many years, society hasn’t really taken mental health seriously. We do, however, feel times are changing for the better, and a number of high profile individuals are now pushing for legislative changes that will improve the legal protection that’s afforded to people with mental health issues.

Nevertheless, this infographic does point out that not enough is being done to address mental health problems in London. Unaddressed mental health problems cost London’s (and the UK’s) economy billions of pounds in lost productivity. Thus, it does not make financial sense to continue to ignore these issues.

Highlights from the below infographic

Some of the highlights of this infographic include:

  • Only 25% of children & young people access effective mental health care in the UK
  • 1 in 10 children are estimated to have a clinically significant mental health problem – equating to 111,000 young people in London alone
  • Over 900,000 adults of working age in London are affected by a common mental disorder such as anxiety or depression
  • 26% of adults with mental illness receive care compared to 92% of people with physical illnesses like diabetes
  • Mental health equates to the largest proportion of the disease burden in the UK at 22.8%. This is greater than cancer (at 15.9%) and cardiovascular disease (at 16.2%)
  • Work-related stress resulted in 5.6M work days list in London last year

Without further ado, here’s the infographic:

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