UK Attitudes On Stress And Mental Health

British mental healthBritain uncovered: our attitudes and beliefs on everything from stress to whether or not addicts should pay for their own treatment

Last month, the Guardian carried out a survey to find out the attitudes and beliefs of Brits when it comes to everything from money and how we would spend our time if there were more hours in the day to how we have been affected by mental health problems and whether free healthcare should remain.

When it comes to what causes us the most anxiety in life, somewhat unsurprisingly, money is top of the list with 30% of respondents saying it causes them a great deal of stress. This is followed by family and health with 16%, work pressures at 9%, time pressures with 8% and our love lives cause anxiety for 4% of people. 3% cited other causes and a lucky 15% said that nothing stresses them out.

Although money was found to be the biggest cause of anxiety across all age groups, it seems to be a particularly big problem amongst the 18 - 34 age group (38%). There were also regional variations with money worries the most common in the east and south-west of England (38%) compared to only 14% in Wales.

When questioned how we would like to spend our time if there were more hours in the day, 49% said they would do so with family, 26% would like more time by themselves, 13% would see their friends and a dedicated 8% would get more work done.

Participants were also asked how important it is that we continue to get free healthcare through the NHS. A whopping 78% said it’s very important, 17% said it’s quite important and only 5% said it’s not particularly or not at all important. With just 8% of people being members of a private healthcare scheme, 44% said the main reason for this is because financial concerns prevent them from doing so.

When asked whether or not people who need medical treatment due to alcohol or drug abuse (including smoking) should pay for their own treatment, 22% said always, 56% said sometimes and only 22% said no.

Mental health problems have become a big topic in recent years and of those who completed the survey, 21% said that they have personally suffered and 28% said that someone close to them has had problems.

30% said that there is a great deal of stigma still attached to mental health issues in the UK, 52% say there is some stigma, 16% said a little and only 2% said that they don’t think there is any.

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