Revised at 3pm, 11 January 2011
- Over 1.25 million people used NHS specialist mental health services in the year 2009/10, the highest number since the data collection began in 2003/04 and a 4.0 per cent increase from 2008/09.
- Over 90 per cent of people who used services did not spend any time as an inpatient during the year and the care they received outside hospital included approximately 12.5 million contacts with health and social care professionals.
- Whilst the number of people using services rose across all ethnic groups, the percentage rise was noticeably larger for the Mixed ethnic group (a rise of 17.7 per cent). The Mixed and the Black and Black British groups now both have rates of access to services that are over 40 per cent higher than for the majority White group (at approximately 3,800 per 100,000 population compared with about 2,700 for the White group).
- The number of people who spent time in a mental health hospital rose by 5.1 per cent - the first increase in five years.
- This rise was due to a 30.1* per cent rise in the number of people being compulsorily detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act, from 32,649 in 2008/9 to 42,479 in 2009/10.
- The average number of days spent in hospital during the year per patient was 68 days for women and 78 days for men.
* Please note: Some part of this increase was due to improved recording between 2008/09 and 2009/10, because a small number of trusts failed to provide MHA information in 2008/09. On a like for like basis, excluding the data for trusts that failed to return information in 2008/09, there was an estimated increase of about 17.5 per cent in the number of people being detained under the MHA - from 32,649 to 38,369. Further information on data quality can be found in the Data Quality and Methodology document that accompanies each annual release.