Share of adults with mental ill health in England 1995-2012, by gender

Share of individuals who have mental ill health as measured by the general health questionnaire in England from 1995 to 2012, by gender

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Release date

December 2013


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

January to December 2012

Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* 2012 base. Weighted bases:
For men: n(2004)= 4,1950; n(2008)=6,850; n(2012)=3,539.
For women: n(2004)= 44,845; n(2008)=7,260; n(2012)=3,757
Unweighted bases:
For men: n(1995)=7186, n(2000)=3770.
For women: n(1995)=7186, n(2000)=4922
In 1995 and 2000 no weighting was added. Since 2003 onwards data has been weighted for non-response.

The source defines the GHQ-12 scores as follows: "Score 0 indicates no evidence of probable mental ill health.Score 1 to 3 indicates less than optimal mental health. A score of 4 or more is referred to as a 'high GHQ-12 score', indicating probable psychological disturbance or mental ill health."

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