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Mentally Ill

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what records his Department holds on the number of people with mental illnesses in each year since 1997. (159722)

Records of this nature are not held centrally.

The survey of psychiatric morbidity among adults in private households, a United Kingdom-wide series of surveys last carried out in 2000, indicated that one in six adults between the ages of 16 and 74 had symptoms of neurotic disorder and four adults in a thousand had symptoms of psychotic disorder. The overall prevalence of psychosis is believed to be around one in a hundred as a disproportionate number of psychosis sufferers do not live in private households. The first survey of psychiatric morbidity was carried out in 1993, and it produced very similar results.