Rise in number of Britons experiencing common mental health conditions

New research suggests that the number of Britons experiencing symptoms of common mental health conditions has risen over the past few years.

Specifically, a new study carried out by insurer Royal London, which quizzed 250 GPs across the country, found that the number of patients exhibiting signs of anxiety, depression and stress has risen substantially since the year 2012.

It found that the average GP spends a minimum of one day’s worth of appointments focusing on helping patients with their mental health.

However, commentators have been keen to point out that for many, this simply is not enough.

Critics argue that many people living with mental health conditions across the UK are not receiving the level of support that they truly need.

Meanwhile, separate research carried out by Business in the Community (BITC) suggests that this problem could be exacerbated by the fact that many people who experience signs of anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder simply do not seek out a medical opinion at all.

2,000 adults were quizzed in relation to their experiences with mental health.

More than half (58 per cent) of those who said they had encountered symptoms of common mental illnesses said that they did not visit their GP for a professional opinion.