It’s Time to Change


Brits, it’s time to talk.

Time to Change have launched a national campaign to end mental health stigma. It’s the start of a potentially brilliant movement. We’re so much better than outdated attitudes to mental health that still proliferate in our society. Read about the campaign and make a pledge here (PracticalDepression has just made their’s). More about it in the news here and here.

We simply cannot continue to ignore statistics like these:

  • 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year.
  • The average age of onset for depression is 14, as diagnosed now, compared to 45 in the 1960s.
  • 116%: the rise in young people who talked about suicide during Childline (UK) counselling sessions in 2013/14, compared to 2010/11.
  • In Britain, 9.7% of people meet the critera for diagnosis of mixed anxiety and depression, according to a 2009 survey.
  • At any given time, 6% of fathers and 10% of mothers in the UK have mental health problems.
  • In 2015, 75% of all suicides in the UK were male. It is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.
  • Of the 13,972 suicides in the UK between 2003 and 2013, almost a third were classed as ‘patient suicides’, meaning the victim had been in contract with mental health services in the year before their death.
  • By 2030, it is estimated that there will be around two million more adults in the UK with mental health problems than there were four years ago.
  • According to the World Health Organisation, in 1990, 416 million people suffered from depression or anxiety worldwide. 23 years later, this had risen to 615 million.
  • Mental health budgets weer cut by 8.25% in England from 2011 to 2015.
  • More than 2,100 beds for mental health patients have been closed from 2011 to mid 2016 in England.
  • 38% of people with mental health problems say they’ve been treated negatively as a result of stigma, according to a survey released by Time to Change today.
  • More than 50% of them lost contact with a loved one, and a fifth lost their job.
  • Thankfully, attitudes to mental health are, slowly, changing. The number of people acknowledging they know somebody close to them who has had a mental illness rose from 58% in 2009 to 65% in 2014.


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