Common Mental Health Disorders

Headlines

  • Around 1 in 5 adults in Wakefield district report common mental health disorder symptoms (22%), according to the  Adult Psychiatric & Morbidity Survey enhanced Wakefield sample 2014.
  • Around half the population report they have experienced a common mental health disorder symptom at some point in their life.
  • Prevalence of common mental health disorder symptoms is higher in women than men (23.2% compared to 19.5%).
  • More men (7.1%) than women (3.9%) were identified as having experienced a depressive episode.
  • There are inequalities in common mental health disorders, with high prevalence in people living in deprived areas (13.1%) compared to more affluent areas (7.9%).

The Population

Common mental health disorders (CMD) are conditions that can affect the whole population. It’s estimated that around 22% of the working age population in Wakefield District reported common mental health disorder symptoms (APMS 2014 Wakefield enhanced sample). This data shows that almost half the population report they have experienced a common mental health disorder at some point in their life, with around 35% reporting they were diagnosed with a common mental health disorder.

The prevalence of CMD is estimated to be highest in those aged 25 to 55.

CMDs affect both men and women but the prevalence is higher in women (23.2%) than in men (19.5%). There are some common mental health disorders where men are more affected, such as experiencing a depressive episode (7.1% men, 3.9% women).

 The Burden

The most common mental health symptoms are depression, anxiety or panic. Where data is available to show the burden of these symptoms in Wakefield it indicates that prevalence of depression is higher in Wakefield compared to the national average and other similar areas, and that it’s increasing.

In 2014 the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) was completed, providing data on the prevalence of CMDs and some information about treatment in the adult population. An enhanced sample was used in Wakefield and can be used to provide further information for our population. Early initial analysis shows more men in Wakefield reported common mental health disorder symptoms compared to the national average, with almost 15% of men in Wakefield compared to 12% nationally. The prevalence for women is similar to the national average, at around 19%. This data also shows that almost half the population report they have experienced a common mental health disorder at some point in their life, with around 35% reporting they were diagnosed with a common mental health disorder.

The Inequality

Data from the enhanced sample of the APMS indicates the prevalence of all CMDs is higher in women than men (19% compared to 15%).

We have developed local estimates of depression prevalence, based on data from primary care systems, where a person has a diagnosis of depression. This allows us to look at the inequality of depression across different areas and age groups. Not everyone with depression will have been formally diagnosed, so these local figures should be used only as an estimate, but give us a good idea as to how depression prevalence varies within Wakefield district.

The burden of depression is not equal in Wakefield; it’s estimated that people from poorer backgrounds are more likely to have depression. Depression also seems to be more prevalent in those aged between 25 and 55, although this may be because people in those age groups are more likely to attend visit their GP and be diagnosed.

The interactive dashboards below shows estimated depression prevalence across different areas and ages. You can use the dashboard to select an area or age of interest, these are colour coded to easily show how that area compares to the Wakefield District average.

Source: Primary Care Data Systems

Service Provision

More information to be added shortly

Turning Point provides free Talking Therapy services to people with CMDs who are aged 18 years or older and are registered with a GP surgery in the Wakefield District. The service is delivered in partnership with NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group.
Contact: 01924 234860
Online: Turning Point

Information and Publications

Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey

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