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Mental health and wellbeing refers to a combination of feeling good and functioning effectively. Good mental health and resilience is the foundation for wellbeing and the effective functioning of individuals and communities. Poor mental health and wellbeing contribute to poorer outcomes across the life course and reinforces inequalities.

One in four adults will experience mental health problems at any one time.

Levels of mental ill health are projected to increase. By 2026, the number of people in England who experience a mental illness is projected to increase by 14%, from 8.65 million in 2007 to 9.88 million.

Factsheet: Mental health and wellbeing (PDF, 1Mb)

Key messages

  • Around 10% of children and young people in County Durham have a mental health disorder
  • Young people’s admission rates for self-harm in 2014/15 in County Durham (111.7 per 100,000) were statistically significantly higher than England (87.4/100,000) but not significantly different to the North East (93.1/100,000).
  • Almost 5,000 people in County Durham are registered with dementia
  • The rate of death by suicide for the period 2014-16 is statistically higher in County Durham (12.6 per 100,000) than England (9.9 per 100,000) and the North East (11.6 per 100,000).

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