Mental illness accounts for over a third of the burden of illness in Britain. For
example, some 40% of all disability (physical and mental) is due to mental illness.1
Similarly, roughly 40% of people on Incapacity Benefits are there because of mental
illness, (and mental illness is a secondary factor for at least another 10%).2 Likewise at
the surgery one third of those who appear each year have mental health problems, and
they take up at least a third of GP time.3