Mental Illness

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Conservative, Harlow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of mental illness has been in (a) Harlow constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England in each year since 1997.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

Information on the levels of mental illness in Harlow constituency, Essex and England is not held in the format requested. However, we are advised by the Health and Social Care Information Centre of the following:

People using NHS funded adult and elderly secondary mental health services by Essex Commissioner, 2008-09 to 2012-13
Number of people1
  2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Number of people in contact with specialist mental health services in England 1,222,536 1,270,731 1,287,730 1,607,153 1,590,332
Essex total 37,128 38,689 44,145 51,294 44,705
South East Essex PCT 7,141 7,044 10,103 12,542 8,907
West Essex PCT 7,168 7,702 7,536 8,131 8,396
North East Essex PCT 7,019 7,208 7,191 7,287 8,133
Mid Essex PCT 7,858 8,338 8,121 8,553 9,272
South West Essex PCT 7,942 8,397 11,194 14,781 9,997
Number of referrals to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services in England 761,848
Essex IAPT total2,3 6,706
1 From 2011-12 onwards, people are counted once during the year at their highest level of care at each provider from which they receive services. The sum of commissioner totals is therefore likely to be higher than the total in national tables. This differs to previous reporting years, where people were only counted once at their highest level across all organisations. People may be present in both the IAPT and MHMDS returns. 2 The first IAPT national report was published in 2012-13 so data for earlier years are not available. 3 As this is the first year of reporting from the IAPT dataset, only those referrals received in the year are included. Referrals that predate this point are not included in the figures. Sources: Health and Social Care Information Centre Mental Health Minimum Dataset (MHMDS) 2008-09 to 2012-13 and IAPT dataset 2012-13.To fully understand the data quality issues from the first year of IAPT submissions, please refer to the background data quality report, which can be found here: It should be noted that data in relation to 2008-09 to 2010-11 are derived from MHMDS quarterly returns, while 2011-12 and 2012-13 data are based on the MHMDS annual file.

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