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Britain's National Health Service (NHS) suggests that up to of adults have suffered from some of mental illness at some in their life. Data from the Health Survey for England reveals that 25 per cent of all adults have been diagnosed with a health problem, while a 18 per cent believe they have suffered from but have not seen a doctor for . Mental health expert Andy Bell said more needed to be done for people to get the help they need. Mr Bell said: "[These] figures are another wake-up for the NHS to ensure that mental health is available for people who need it when they need it. Timely access to effective mental health treatment saves ."

Researchers questioned 5,000 adults about their . They found that 26 per cent of people said they had received a mental illness diagnosis. According to the , depression was the most common form of mental illness, with 19 per cent of people saying they had suffered from the condition. Women are more to suffer from mental health problems than . Over 40 per cent of middle-aged women have been diagnosed with an illness at point in their life. A from the mental health charity Sane bemoaned the survey's . She said: "These are figures…because the scale of mental illness is known but too often ignored."

 
 

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