Statistics show Hull is the UK's most depressed city
Hull has beennamed as the most depressed city, with referral rates for adults seeking help for illnesses such as depression, anxiety and phobias were at 88 out of 1,000 the highest in the UK’s 2017 city of culture.
This is nearly three times the average of 32 per 1,000 people.
Surrey Heath had the lowest rate, with just 15 referrals per 1,000, according to a report by the House of Commons Library on Thursday.
It found that in the week prior to its publication one in six people had experienced a “common mental disorder” and that these happened more frequently now with 20 per cent more cases than 25 years ago.
Mental health problems are more common in women than men in every age category, particularly among those aged 16 to 24 who are more prone to self-harming, bipolar and post- traumatic stress disorders.
Overall, 5.4 per cent of people polled reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year, an increase from 3.8 per cent in 2000, while 6.4 per cent reported having self-harmed, up from 2.4 per cent at the turn of the century.
Black people are more likely to suffer from mental illness, making up 23 per cent of those seeking treatment, compared with 17 per cent of white people.
5.4 people reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year
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Jobless and economically inactive people were 19 per cent more likely to report common mental disorders while the study also found a correlation between mental and physical health.
Nearly 40 per cent of people with mental health issues also had high blood pressure, cancer, epilepsy or asthma.
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By contrast, 25 per cent of those with no or few symptoms of CMDs reported one of these conditions. The research also showed a wide disparity in waiting times for treatment, varying from six days in South Tyneside to 139 days in Wirral.
The government is pledging an extra £1 billion to help mental health problems
Four out of five patients (81 per cent) waited less than six weeks, while 96 per cent waited less than 18 weeks.
Altogether 1.4 million were referred to talking therapies last year, with an average wait of 29 days.
Earlier this month Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced plans to improve mental health provision in the UK, pledging an extra £1billion towards treatment.
It came after Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled a major new strategy to end the stigma of mental illness.
Common mental health disorders
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Common mental health disorders from anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias.
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Stress – Feeling under mental or emotional pressure can lead to sleeping problems, a loss of appetite or difficulty concentrating
There are 20 per cent more mental health cases in Hull, than 25 years ago
Writing in the Sunday Express, she praised our award-winning Crusade For Better Mental Health, saying: “I want to thank The Sunday Express for their crusade which has given a voice to those who might not otherwise be heard and helped to maintain a momentum which has delivered real change for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”
The report showed spending on mental health services has gone up from £9.15bn in 2015/16 to £9.49bn this year.
This is 13 per cent of the spending planned by Clinical Commissioning Groups on mental health services, up from 12.5 per cent last year.