Mental illness can affect anyone

collectionMental illness severe enough to need professional help is as common as heart disease.

In fact more people commit suicide each year than are killed in road traffic accidents. One in four adults will visit their GP each year with some mental health problem.

It could be you, someone in the family, a neighbour or somebody at work. Millions of working days are lost each year because people need sick leave for some form of mental distress or illness.


Mental health problems can be a factor in family and relationship breakdowns, usually occurring when people need support most of all. Nevertheless, most people with time, understanding and treatment will recover.