Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey: Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, England, 2014
The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity survey series has had a huge impact on our understanding of mental illness, substance dependence and suicidal behaviour, and their causes and consequences. APMS datasets are the only national source of information on rates of treated and untreated mental illness.
The key findings of the 2014 report published in September 2016, regarding trends in mental illness are:
- One adult in six had a common mental disorder (CMD): about one woman in five and one man in eight. Since 2000, overall rates of CMD in England steadily increased in women and remained largely stable in men.
- Reported rates of self-harming increased in men and women and across age groups since 2007. However, much of this increase in reporting may have been due to greater awareness about the behaviour.
- Young women have emerged as a high-risk group, with high rates of CMD, selfharm, and positive screens for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder. The gap between young women and young men increased.
- Most mental disorders were more common in people living alone, in poor physical health, and not employed. Claimants of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a benefit aimed at those unable to work due to poor health or disability, experienced particularly high rates of all the disorders assessed.