p One in four adults has been diagnosed with a mental illness – but a fifth of people still think "one of the main causes of mental illness is a lack of self-discipline and willpower".
A survey conducted by the National Centre of Social Research asked 5,000 adults about their experience of mental health and found that 26 per cent had been diagnosed with a mental illness.
A further 18 per cent of adults reported having experienced a mental illness but not having been diagnosed.
Women were more likely to have been diagnosed with a common mental health disorder – 31 per cent of women compared to 17 per cent of men.
The most common diagnosis was depression, with 19 per cent of people surveyed saying they had been diagnosed with the condition.
Other common diagnoses were anxiety, phobias and OCD, with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and eating disorders categorised as "serious conditions".