Mental Health Statistics

by | December 12th, 2018

How common are specific problems?


Every seven years a survey is done in England to measure the number of people who have different types of mental health problems, it was last published in 2016 and reported these figures:

Generalised anxiety disorder 5.9 in 100 people
Depression 3.3 in 100 people
Phobias 2.4 in 100 people
OCD 1.3 in 100 people
Panic disorder 0.6 in 100 people
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 4.4 in 100 people
Mixed anxiety and depression 7.8 in 100 people


Estimates for bipolar disorder, psychotic disorder and personality disorders are usually measured over a person’s lifetime, rather than each year. Estimates for the number of people with these diagnoses can vary quite a lot but the most recent reported findings are

Psychotic disorder 0.7 in 100 people*
Bipolar disorder 2.0 in 100 people
Antisocial personality disorder 3.3 in 100 people
Borderline personality disorder 2.4 in 100 people


Measured over the last year.


The survey also measures the number of people who have self-harmed, had suicidal thoughts or have made suicidal attempts over their lifetime:

Suicidal thoughts 20.6 in 100 people
Suicide attempts 6.7 in 100 people
Self-harm 7.3 in 100 people