People who know HMHB know that we have ourselves developed the programs and courses through our own experiences around mental health. However, a recent study has demonstrated just how big the problem is.
More than 20 million Brits have suffered anxiety or depression over their lifetime. Overall, 45 per cent of adults were, or had been, blighted by mental health problems, and one in ten had self harmed.
Women were four times more likely than men to deliberately hurt themselves, but blokes were twice as likely to turn to drink for relief. The statistics also indicate that suicide his higher for males than females, especially young men.
Mike Dixon, Chief of drug and alcohol charity Addaction, which polled 2,000 adults, said: "this shows the sheer scale of what we are dealing with. These are common every day issues affecting tens of millions of people in the UK. The numbers reflect what we are seeing and hearing in our services all over the country. People are struggling. We are only reaching a tiny fraction of those who need help. And as a society we are unprepared for changing trends among women and young people."
The poll also found that one in ten have been hit by an eating disorder. Four per cent have tried illegal drugs, to help with mental health struggles. And nine in ten felt mental illness was a major problem for the nation.
HMHB says: none of this surprises us. We need to be able to offer proactive intervention, both corrective and preventive, providing tools for long-term success. That is what we have designed and want to deliver.