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State of the nation report: poverty, worklessness and welfare dependency in the UK

The Coalition Government's report  on  poverty and inequalities in the UK which was described as setting the context for the government's programme of welfare reform. It includes data on the particular concerns around the state of mental health in the UK, e.g.

  • Over 40% of people claiming health-related social security benefits cite mental-health problems as the reason
  • Around 6 million (15%) adults aged 16 and over have at least one common mental-health disorder
  • 3 million adults have symptoms severe enough to require treatment
  • The number of prescription items for antidepressant drugs has increased from nine million in 1991 to 34 million in 2007
  • Roughly 1% of the population suffers from a severe mental illness like schizophrenia
  • There is a strong correlation between couple relationship breakdown and adult ill-health,138 particularly maternal mental health: mothers living with the father of their child report less depressive symptoms than those living with other partners or as lone parents
  • 50% of all children living in families reliant entirely on benefits and 42% of people out of work for mental health reasons live in the 20% most deprived neighbourhoods
  • Families ... in which one or both partners has a physical disability, limiting illness or mental health problem, are also most at risk of persistent multiple disadvantage

The document was always quite hard to find on Government websites, but since the election in May 2015 it is almost impossibel to find so we have included a copy in this MHFE virtual library.

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