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Mental Health Awareness Week: Continuing the Conversation

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Mental health issues will affect at least 1 in 4 people in the UK every year. In the past year alone 74% of people have admitted to feeling that stressed that they ‘cannot cope’. It is time we took definitive action on tackling mental health in our country.


Ineffective treatment of mental health can lead to poor physical health, worsening psychological health, low performance in work or school and difficulties in a person’s social life.

Depression affects around 25% of older people (aged 65 and over) and it is estimated that around 85% of those receive no help from the NHS at all.

1 in 10 children and young people have been diagnosed with a mental health issue and an estimated 70% of those have not received sufficient support and early intervention.


LGBT+ people are more likely to experience a range of mental health problems such as depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and alcohol and substance misuse.

A quarter of University students suffer from mental health issues and men are far less likely to speak out against them.


The Government’s failure to support people with mental health issues with more funding, more focus and more understanding is failing all of us. We need urgent action in dealing with mental health issues in the UK and it can all start with a conversation.


Please see below contacts for those in need of support.


Samaritans UK- 0800 1111

://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/health-and-social-care/adult-social-care/mental-health-services/546-mental-health


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