Adult wellness JSNA

Mental health in adults

In Rochdale, 2.3 per cent of patients aged 18 or over on GP practice registers are recorded as having a new diagnosis of depression. This is above the national average of 1.5 per cent (NHS Quality and Outcomes Framework 2021/22).

The importance of good mental health

Ensuring lifelong good mental health within a population is about more than just the absence of mental disorder and is a major contributor to overall wellbeing and success for the people within it.

Mental health is an essential component of health. It has an impact on every aspect of life, including how we feel, think and communicate as well as on our physical health, our employment chances, our educational attainment, our relationships, lifestyle choices, and risk behaviours. It is therefore the responsibility of not only the individual but also of families, friends, employers and the wider community to enable people to develop and maintain good mental health.

It enables us to manage our lives successfully and live to our full potential. Everyone has mental health needs that emerge and develop throughout our lives.

What factors impact mental health?

A broad range of factors affects mental health including socioeconomic determinants such as access to quality housing, green public spaces, economic security, employment, education, safe neighbourhoods and access to services as well as individual factors such as connectedness to family, friends, regular physical activity and a sense of control.

Therefore to improve mental health we need to have a perspective that encompasses all of these factors.

Read the Mental Health Needs Assessment

Statistics on mental health

Information and guidance on mental health