Mental Health Statistics for UK in 2016

Mental health statistics for UK in 2016 in terms of search results reveals that anxiety and depression are still the leading mental health conditions people search for. Other mental health topics that dominate are stress, bipolar, bereavement, panic attacks, trauma, burnout, suicide, addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Mental health statistics for UK in 2016 ranked by condition or topic according to number of searches

According to absolute number of search results in UK for year 2016 (according to Google Trends), we can rank some of the most commonly searched for mental health conditions and topics as follows:

  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety
  3. Stress
  4. Suicide
  5. Bipolar
  6. Addiction
  7. Panic attack
  8. OCD
  9. Bereavement
  10. Trauma
  11. PTSD
  12. Phobia
  13. Self-esteem
  14. Eating disorder
  15. Anger management
  16. Relationship counselling
  17. Social anxiety
  18. Sexual addiction
  19. Burnout
  20. Self-hatred
  21. Self-harm

Worldwide mental health statistics in 2016 ranked by condition or topic according to number of searches

Worldwide mental health statistics of absolute number of search results for 2016 are slightly different from the ones in the UK and are as follows:

  1. Suicide
  2. Depression
  3. Stress
  4. Anxiety
  5. Addiction
  6. Bipolar
  7. Self-esteem
  8. Trauma
  9. Phobia
  10. Panic attack
  11. OCD
  12. PTSD
  13. Eating disorder
  14. Burnout
  15. Bereavement
  16. Relationship counselling
  17. Sexual addiction
  18. Anger management
  19. Social anxiety
  20. Self-hatred

Mental health search statistics growth rate in 2016 for UK and worldwide

Comparing mental health statistics for UK in 2016 and worldwide search statistics for the evaluated mental health topics in terms of their annual growth rates, we can see the following situation:

Growth rate (2016/2015)
UK Worldwide
PTSD 30.1% 15.2%
Anxiety 18.1% 14.7%
Self-hatred 13.5% 27.8%
Trauma 12.7% 5.2%
Bereavement 6.0% 5.4%
Relationship counselling 4.6% -1.0%
Burnout 4.5% -4.1%
Suicide 4.4% 9.0%
Addiction 2.9% 3.8%
Stress 1.8% 5.0%
Social anxiety 0.6% -0.2%
Depression 0.4% 2.9%
Panic attack 0.4% 4.9%
Phobia 0.1% 3.9%
Self-esteem -0.7% -0.6%
OCD -0.9% -1.9%
Anger management -0.9% -5.5%
Eating disorder -1.5% -5.1%
Bipolar -3.6% 6.4%
Sexual addiction -10.3% -11.9%

Even though other mental health conditions and topics experienced a significant increase in search results in the UK in 2016, anxiety is definitely one that sticks out most, given that it is also significantly searched for in absolute numbers.

But in order to gain a more stable indication of trend, it is essential to look at mental health trends in for the longer period.

Mental health search results growth rate for the period from 2012-2016 for UK and worldwide

Comparison of the same mental health topics and their search statistics, but for the period of five years—from 2012-2016—reveals the following results:

Growth rate (2016/2012)
UK Worldwide
PTSD 139.7% 57.4%
Anxiety 93.2% 47.3%
Social anxiety 67.3% 40.9%
Trauma 29.3% 16.9%
Panic attack 28.5% 20.8%
Bereavement 27.8% 10.7%
Burnout 25.6% -8.2%
Self-hatred 24.3% 36.6%
Depression 24.3% 14.7%
Stress 16.9% 15.6%
Bipolar 13.3% -2.4%
Relationship counselling 12.6% -14.8%
OCD 9.1% 16.4%
Addiction 7.2% 4.5%
Suicide 5.5% 14.0%
Self-esteem 1.9% -1.4%
Eating disorder 1.4% -18.6%
Phobia -6.8% 1.1%
Sexual addiction -14.1% 0.8%
Anger management -22.9% -36.5%

Looking at the period of five years shows us that the trend in mental health searches in the UK outperforms the worldwide numbers on some of the more significant topics, such as anxiety, depression, stress, bipolar, addiction, panic attacks, trauma and PTSD.

This is a trend that would definitely need to be more closely examined and watched in the future.

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