NHS Oldham CCG

Mental health services

About mental health problems

Female doctor with patient

Mental health problems are found in people of all ages, regions, countries and societies.

  • One in four British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year, and one in six experiences this at any given time. (Source: The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report (2001)).
  • Although mental disorders are widespread, serious cases are concentrated among a relatively small proportion of people who experience more than one mental health problem. This is known as ‘co-morbidity’.  (Source: The British Journal of Psychiatry (2005)).
  • It is estimated that approximately 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem.(Source: World Health Organisation (2001)).

What are the main types of mental health problems?

  • Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with almost nine per cent of people meeting criteria for diagnosis. (Source: The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report (2001).
  • Between eight and 12 per cent of the population experience depression in any year. (Source: The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report (2001))
  • About half of people with common mental health problems are no longer affected after 18 months, but poorer people, the long-term sick and unemployed people are more likely to be still affected than the general population. (Source: Better or Worse: A Longitudinal Study of the Mental Health of Adults in Great Britain, National Statistics (2003)).

All the information and references above are sourced from www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Local mental health services

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2002 and provides mental health and specialist substance misuse services to a population of almost 1.2 million people throughout the boroughs of Oldham, Rochdale, Bury, Stockport and Tameside and Glossop. You can find out more on the trust's website at:  www.penninecare.nhs.uk