The borough of Tunbridge Wells has higher rates of neurotic mental health problems in West Kent, with a projected rise of 4.8% by 2020 of common mental illness and 26% increase in severe mental illness by 2020. (Mental Health Needs Assessment for Adults in Kent: West Kent CCG 2014)

Our work is needed now more than ever in our community.

  • Nationally 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime.
  • 300,000 people are leaving their jobs each year as a result of mental illness, costing employers up to £42 billion annually.
  • Suicide is now the biggest killer of men under 50
  • 17% of people will experience suicidal thoughts throughout their lifetime.
  • Two thirds of people with mental health problems believe that long hours, unrealistic workloads or bad management either caused or exacerbated their condition.
  • Suicide rates in Kent are significantly higher than the national average
  • West Kent has the highest suicide rate for women in Kent with 6 in 100,000 people choosing to end their lives.

Sadly, for many people it isn’t easy to talk about their mental health. A World Health Organisation report demonstrates that those with a mental illness have an increased likelihood of experiencing stigma, discrimination and social exclusion. 

  • 90% of people with mental health problems experience some form of stigma, whether from friends and family, at work, in education or during treatment.

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