Mental Illness

Health written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) adults and (b) children were diagnosed with mental illness in each year for which figures are available.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

This information is not collected centrally as the data sources do not include primary care where a large proportion of mental health care takes place. In-patient (HES) data only cover secondary care and the Mental Health Minimum Dataset (MHMDS) is based on secondary care and does not include children. However, the Health and Social Care Information Centre MHMDS 2003-04 to 2010-11 annual returns provides the following:

Number of people using adult and elderly NHS funded(1) secondary mental health services, 2003-04 to 2010-11
  NHS providers only
  2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Total number of people 1,079,016 1,132,434 1,149,472 1,151,260 1,190,542 1,222,365 1,270,731 1,285,594
Admitted 113,772 114,435 111,088 106,561 105,719 102,571 107,765 104,645
Non-admitted 814,252 916,534 930,374 936,629 982,704 1,026,366 1,078,091 1,094,138
No care 150,992 101,465 108,010 108,070 102,119 93,428 84,875 86,811
(1) Includes services provided by independent sector providers.
  Independent sector providers All providers
Total number of people 2,136 1,287,730
Admitted 2,074 106,719
Non-admitted 0 1,094,138
No care 62 86,873
Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre MHMDS 2003/04 to 2010-11 annual returns.

While no estimate has been made on the number of children diagnosed with mental illness, information on the prevalence of mental disorders in children and young people has been published by other organisations. The Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in Great Britain, 2004 (ONS) reported that 9.6% of 5 to 16-year-olds had a clinically recognisable mental disorder.

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