Surviving or Thriving?: The State of the UK's Mental Health
“Surviving or Thriving?” reveals a fundamental truth: we all have mental health and for many of us this could be better. Only 13% of us have high positive mental health and most of us have experienced times in our lives when we have felt mentally unwell. Many of us are not thriving as much we would want to be. We cannot thrive individually or as a nation until we take steps to remedy this. Each of us can act to strengthen our own mental health and reduce the risks of becoming unwell. We can help our friends and families to do the same. We can also call on those who make national and local policy to understand the drivers of poor mental health, to take action to combat these and to strengthen the resilience of our communities.
Good mental health is the capacity of each of us to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is not beyond our political and moral imagination to achieve this for most of the citizens of our country. It is one of the greatest challenges of our time to build a country where most people and communities can actively thrive. This report highlights that we are not all on level playing field when it comes to experiencing good mental health. There are steps that we can all take individually to protect and sustain our mental health but our ability to do so is affected by our life circumstances and by social disadvantage such as loneliness and low income.