Overview: Mental health
This challenge is particularly great in the East Midlands. The National Centre of Social Research reports that depressive episodes are high among people living in the region. People in the East Midlands are more likely to have had a depressive episode than people in the rest of the country (3.9% compared to 2.2%).
The rate of depressive episodes in the East Midlands area is greatest among women (with 5.2% experiencing a depressive episode in the East Midland compared with 2.5% in the rest of England). The rate is particularly high among younger women (16-39 years).
People with severe mental illness are in some cases 3-4 times more likely to die prematurely from the big killer diseases and have a reduced life expectancy of 15-20 years, yet the majority of reasons for this are avoidable.
You can read the latest Government report on mental health here; Mental health services: achieving better access by 2020.
Current and completed initiatives include;
- Individual Placement and Support project
- Support for people living with Bipolar Disorder
- The Big White Wall online support service (Derbyshire)
- The Tomorrow Project suicide prevention and bereavement service