How many people are receiving psychiatric treatment in England?

The dangers that go hand-in-hand with the psychiatric industry and its treatments are something CCHR UK reports on regularly; dangers which are gradually becoming well-known.

What’s not so well-known is the number of people accessing mental health services or the breakdown of the ages of those people. NHS Digital has prepared information that covers these points. The following figures are for people getting psychiatric treatment in England.

In 2015-16, the number of people in contact with mental heath services in England was an estimated 1,825,905, representing  3.4% of the population. The age breakdowns are as follows:


Age Census population People in contact with servicese Percent of population in contact with servicese
Total         54,786,327           1,825,905 3.4%
15 or under         10,405,114               13,631 0.2%
16-17           1,272,742               22,042 1.7%
18-19           1,327,871               54,564 4.0%
20-29           7,350,225             283,524 3.8%
30-39           7,198,946             253,607 3.6%
40-49           7,525,814             264,411 3.5%
50-59           7,089,322             223,015 3.2%
60-69           5,921,856             153,259 2.5%
70-79           4,072,848             200,893 5.0%
80-89           2,146,621             271,786 13.2%
90 or over             474,968               85,172 20.0%


This shows there were 13,631 children and adolescents (15 or under) accessing mental health services in 2015-16, which means there were 13,631 sets of parents who had to make an all-important choice for their children before allowing them to be subjected to psychiatric treatment. There were a further 76,606 young people, from age 16 to 19 accessing services.

Looking down the figures, it is evident that, from the cradle to the grave, no demographic is exempt. Using the data given above, the following graph shows the percentage of people in contact with services by total population. It shows the elderly are most in contact. The number of males 90 or over in contact with services was 23,039 while the number of females was considerably higher at 62,106.


A far more important factor however relates to the efficacy of the so-called treatments. Whether its the dangers associated with antidepressants prescribed to pregnant women or young people, use of the tortuous ‘treatment’ called electro-convulsive therapy, or the use of any other psychiatric drug, the results are the telling factor.

Click on the downloads page for more information on psychiatric results.

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