Britain's health service said that up to half of adults have suffered from a mental illness. The Health Survey for England shows that 25 per cent of adults have had a mental health problem and 18 per cent believe they have suffered from one but have not seen a doctor. A mental health expert said the survey is a "wake-up call" to make sure that people get mental health support. He said: "Effective mental health treatment saves lives."
Researchers questioned 5,000 adults and found that 26 per cent of them were diagnosed with a mental illness. Depression was the most common form. Women are more likely to suffer than men. Over 40 per cent of middle-aged women have had an illness at some time in their life. A mental health charity said: "These are shocking figures…because the scale of mental illness is already known but too often ignored."