Understanding Users’ Views of Mental Health Statistics
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What is this project about?

Many people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and most of us know at least one person who has been affected by a mental health condition.

Every week there are reports in the media covering many aspects of mental health. Health policies attempting to address these issues have been introduced in all four countries across the UK in recent years.
 
The aim of this review is to look across the spectrum of mental health statistics and explore whether the statistical system is providing the information required to support researchers, journalists individuals with an interest in mental health, commissioners and policy makers.
 
We want to understand users’ needs in relation to mental health statistics, and examine whether the statistics that are currently available meet these needs.
 
Where we discover gaps or less than satisfactory provision of statistics, we want to engage with producers and work with them to ensure that improvements can be made to the statistics to bring greater value to the different types of users.
 
As each of the UK’s countries has separate policies on mental health, the review will take a phased approach, looking at the statistics produced in each country in turn. We are beginning with England as it is the largest in terms of the volume and complexity of mental health statistics that are published.

Who are the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR)?
 

The Office for Statistics Regulation is the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority. They provide independent regulation of all official statistics produced in the UK. Statistics are an essential public asset. They aim to enhance public confidence in the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics produced by government.
 
Who are Evolving Communities?
 
Evolving Communities provides a professional consultancy service specialising in research, evaluation and public engagement. We are an independent community interest company which also supports the work of several Healthwatch organisations in the South West of England.  
 
How can I take part?
 
If you are a user of Mental Health Statistics and are based in England, you can take part in the survey. We anticipate users to be:
  • Charities, especially those raising funds and awareness for mental health conditions
  • Voluntary support groups based around mental health conditions
  • Academics
  • Patients and carers
  • NHS staff and others working in the mental health services
  • Journalists and health correspondents
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS Trusts and Councils
  • Police and Ambulance service commissioners
This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, depending on the answers you give. All results will be anonymised.
 
The results from this survey will be written up in a report that will be fed back to the Office for National Statistics.