Mental Health (Public Health, State of the South West 2011)
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8.11.1 Mental health problems have been associated, for example, with financial difficulties, work-related stress, the health of a partner, age, ethnicity and being female, but the risk of developing mental health problems can be
multi-factorial and the direction of the associations can be unclear. An individual’s mental and physical health can also be interlinked.
8.11.2 The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England Survey, 2007 (Table 2.8 of the survey) shows that, in the South West, approximately 11% of men and 19% of women reported a common mental disorder (CMD), such as depression or anxiety, in the previous week. Compared to age-standardised percentages for other areas in England (Table 2.8 of the survey) the reported CMDs in the South West were amongst the lowest in England.
8.11.3 Psychiatric admissions to hospital for conditions such as depression, anxiety or obsessive compulsive disorder amongst 16–64 year olds resident in the South West totalled 1,916 between period 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010 (source: Hospital Episode Statistics, primary diagnosis ICD-10 F32–F49). Just over 60% of these admissions were for women. However, a number of these patients were admitted on multiple occasions in the same year. Once this is taken into account, the number of men and women admitted for psychiatric conditions is more similar, i.e. women accounted
for 55% of people with one or more psychiatric admission, and men 45%.
8.11.4 There were 442 deaths (aged 1 year and above) from intentional self-harm and undetermined injuries in the South West in 2008 (ICD-10 X60–X84, Y10–Y34 excluding Y33.9) (source: NCHOD). In the combined years 2006–08, the ‘all age’ directly standardised mortality rate of 7.95 per 100,000 European Standard Population in the South West was similar to that of England as a whole: 7.76 per 100,000 European Standard Population (source: NCHOD).