One in five Britons suffers from anxiety or depression

Metro

One in five Britons suffers from anxiety or depression, according to the most comprehensive study ever carried out into our mental health.

High levels of unemployment, relationship breakdowns and poor physical health are the main causes of stress-related illnesses.

The survey is a ‘wake-up call’ for the NHS, which is not equipped to deal with mental health problems, a charity boss said. Paul Jenkins, chief executive of Rethink Mental Illness, was speaking out after figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed the scale of the problem.

‘Unfortunately, NHS services for people with mild to moderate depression are extremely limited,’ he said. ‘Far too many people are given medication as the first and only option, when they should be offered talking therapies. We need a larger share of NHS resources dedicated to mental health and better training for GPs.’

The figures, published as part of the Measuring National Wellbeing Programme…

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