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The Mental Health Crisis in Numbers

One in four of us experience stress, anxiety or depression at some point each year. If you add to that all of those who:

-       suffer with general life anxiety

-       have seasonal depression

-       have not sought help and/or have not been diagnosed


That adds up to pretty much most of us at some point.

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability in the UK, and a major contributor to coronary heart disease and other serious illnesses. Half of all work-related ill health and lost workdays are due to stress, anxiety or depression. Around 300,000 people in the UK lose their jobs each year due to depression.

One of the contributing factors to depression is loneliness. Almost half of adults report feeling lonely. Loneliness and poor social connections can be as bad for our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and could increase our risk of death by 26%. By 2025/26, over two million people over the age of 50 will report feeling lonely; and the annual cost to public services of loneliness, social isolation and disconnected communities is estimated to be around £32bn per annum.

If left untreated, stress, anxiety and depression can lead to more serious mental ill health, including self-harm and suicidal thoughts. One in five of us will have suicidal thoughts at some point. For 16-24 year olds, this rises to one in four, and almost 20,000 children and young people are admitted to hospital each year as a result of intentional self-harm. The leading cause of death for people aged 5-34 in 2020 was ‘intentional self-harm’ and men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK

Yet shockingly, 75% of people with a diagnosable mental illness receive no treatment at all. Sadly, around 6,000 people in the UK go on to take their own lives each year. That's over 16 people per day. Worldwide, someone takes their own life every 40 seconds.

By the time you’ve finished reading this, four people will have taken their own life.

If you or someone you care about is struggling, you or they don't have to do it alone, please reach out or pass on these helpline details:



Anxiety UK

Helpline: 03444 775 774

Text support: 07537 416 905

(open Mon-Fri 10:30-16:30)



Helpline: 116 123



Helpline: 0300 123 3393


Papyrus Suicide Prevention

Helpline: 0800 068 4141

Text: 07860 039967



Helpline: 0800 1111


The Mix

Helpline: 0808 808 4994

Text: THEMIX to 85258



Helpline: 0300 304 7000



Text Shout to 85258



Support for suicide and self-harm

Tel: 1800 247 247

Text Help to 51444



Text 50808


Cruse Bereavement Support

Helpline: 0808 808 1677


Refuge Domestic Violence support

Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247


Switchboard LGBT+

Helpline: 0800 0119 100



Campaign Against Living Miserably

Helpline: 0800 585858


Beat Eating Disorders

Helpline: 0808 801 8677

Text SHOUT to 85258


OK Rehab



Free online mental health support community


NHS – tips for coping with depression


NHS – tips for coping with stress


Self Injury Support for women and girls

Tel 0808 800 8088


Personality Disorder


Beat Eating Disorders


Able Futures – Access to Work Mental Health Support

Tel 0800 321 3137



Text ‘shout’ to 85258


Mental Health Foundation


CAMHS Resources for Children and Young People




Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

Tel 0300 111 5065


KIM Mental Health in the Community

Tel 01352 872189


Pre And Post Natal Depression Advice and Support

Tel 0808 1961 776




For help in a crisis please contact the CALL helpline on freephone 0800 132 737 / text ‘help’ to 81066 or call the Samaritans on 116 123.


C.A.L.L. – mental health helpline for Wales

Freephone 0800 132737

Text 81066


Silvercloud – free online mental health therapy


Anglesey Community Mental Health Support Services


Tel: 01248 752752 / 750057 (or for out of hours tel: 01248 353551)


Community Mental Health Teams Wales


Ican – Together for Mental Health


Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline

Tel 0808 808 2234

Text DAN to 81066




DPJ Foundation – mental health support in agriculture

TTel 0800 587 4262


Developing a Caring Wales


Veterans Wales

Tel 029 2183 2261


Meic Cymru for Children and Young People up to age 25

Tel 0808 80 23456 Text 84001

Time to Change Wales


Advocacy Services North East Wales (ASNEW)




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