Mental health

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO), in her 2013 Public Health report, stated that mental illness is the largest single cause of disability and represents 23% of the national disease burden in the UK. It is the leading cause of sickness absence.

Adults with mental health problems are one of the most socially excluded groups in society.

See also our pages on dementia, alcohol, sexual health and minority groups.

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Our resources

Our resources

Data and reports

Information on prevalence and hospital admissions can be found in our Health and Social Care Maps.

We have produced a 2019 Mental Health Needs Assessment for Kent (PDF, 5.0 MB).

We have also produced additional analyses (PDF, 2.5 MB) to support the 2019 Mental Health Needs Assessment.

We have also produced the following needs assessments:

We have produced a Kent mental health & wellbeing index, which provides an assessment of the relative assets and vulnerabilities of each ward in Kent in respect of the mental health and wellbeing of the population within it.

Library services

The Public Health and Social Care Library can provide access to library and knowledge services, including books and journal articles relating to mental health. We can also produce bespoke literature searches.


If you can't find what you were looking for, we complete over 200 ad-hoc requests for analysis each year. Request further analysis or a literature search or contact us.

External resources

External resources

A number of organisations produce mental health statistics both at national and local level.