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Mental Health Services

Volume 501: debated on Tuesday 24 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated for mental illness on the NHS in each of the last 10 years. (300410)

This information is not available. Most treatment for mental health problems occurs in primary care settings, where information on the number of patients treated for specific conditions is not collected.

Approximately one in six adults in England has a common mental illness, like anxiety or mild depression at any given time, with one in four adults experiencing mental ill health at some stage in their lives. Approximately one in 100 people are thought to have a severe mental illness like schizophrenia or psychosis.