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Mental Health

We care for the mental health of people of all ages. Our aim is to help people manage their health and live successful, independent lives.

Our services include child and adolescent mental health services, services for adults and older people, and care and support for people of all ages who suffer from dementia. Many of our services are provided at home or in community settings.

We also have specialist hospitals, which offer care and support in specially designed therapeutic settings.

Who does it affect?

Mental health problems can affect people of all ages and walks of life as it can be triggered by physical, social, environmental or/and genetic factors. Some people are more at risk of experiencing mental health problems than others. There are some conditions that are more or less likely depending on your gender. 

For example:

  • Eating disorders are more common in women than men.
  • Personality disorders (PD) are diagnosed in more men than women.

Mental health problems are often more likely to develop at certain ages. Therefore how old you are can affect your risk of becoming unwell.

For example:

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is evident from very early on when children start school as their behaviour can be compared to others of the same age. 
  • Schizophrenia can develop in late teens to early twenties for men and early to late twenties in women, although the age range is roughly between 16-45 years.

One in four

If you're having mental health problems, you're not alone. About one in four of us will experience some form of mental health problems at some time in our lives, and one in ten children and young people under 15 years has a mental disorder.

Last updated: 27 June 2014

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Mental health links

Changing Minds Centre

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Changing Minds Centre

Aiming to support the wellbeing and social inclusion of people who are at risk of developing mental health distress and those in recovery. The Centre is also a leading provider of mental health training and education locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Click here for more information.


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