Mental health factfile

Here we've compiled some handy facts about mental health locally and nationally.

  • All of Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind’s staff and the majority of our volunteers have close personal experience of mental health problems.
  • Almost all of our volunteers - that's 97% have experienced mental health problems say supporting others is a positive contributor to their recovery.
  • Of the people living in Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale, 1 in 4 of them will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year.  Anxiety and depression are the most common mental illnesses.
  • Of the approximately 170,000 people living in the Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale areas, 42,500 people in the region will experience a mental health problem
  • Depression affects 1 in 5 older people and the population of elderly people living in North Yorkshire is increasing.
  • Mental health issues cost Britain more than £70bn per year. 
  • The number of people working in the NHS absent from work with mental health problems has doubled at hospital trusts across England in the past four years.
  • Funding for NHS Trusts to provide mental health services has fallen by more than 8% in real terms since 2010.  Many people who are not being supported by them rely on the voluntary sector such as SWR Mind yet we are not seeing an increase in available funding.
  • Men and women living in poverty are at twice the risk of experiencing a mental health problem as those people living on average incomes.
  •  Scarborough is classed as the most deprived district in North Yorkshire ranking 83rd out of England’s 326 Local Authorities. There are 14 specific areas in the borough of Scarborough that are ranked with the 20% most deprived in England.
  • One in 4 people using mental health services has no contact with their family and 1 in 3 has no contact with friends.
  • Mental illness is now nearly half of all ill health suffered by people living in Britain who are aged under 65 and accounts for 23% of the total burden of disease. However only ¼ of people experiencing mental health problems receive any form of treatment.
  • Despite the existence of cost-effective treatments, mental health receives just 13% of NHS health expenditure.
  • Suicide rates show that British men are three times as likely to die by suicide than British women. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 35 in the UK.
  • The UK has one of the highest rates of self harm anywehere in Europe – 400 per 100,000 people.