Nearly three quarters of people in the lowest income bracket have struggled with their mental health, a major new study shows.
Seventy-three per cent of those whose household income is less than £1,200 per month have experienced problems, and the figure rises to 85 per cent of people who are out of work.
This compares to 59 per cent of people from the top household income bracket of more than £3,701 per month.
The figures come from the Mental Health Foundation to mark Mental Health Awareness Week and show that more than half the population (65 per cent) have experienced a mental health problem, such as depression or a panic attack.
Now the Foundation is calling for a Royal Commission to seek ways of preventing mental ill health, focusing on reducing the risk.
It also wants to see mental health included in NHS screening programmes and more money channeled to research into prevention. An annual report on the state of the nation’s mental health also forms part of its proposals.