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Census: 29% rise in mental health issues

Psychological or emotional conditions rose by 27,511 to 123,515, in the five years to 2016

The number of people with a psychological or emotional condition rose by 27,511 to 123,515, an increase of 28.7%, in the five years to 2016, the latest census data shows. Between 2011 and 2016 the numbers of people with different disabilities increased across all categories. In all, 13.5% of the population has a disability.
The number of people with a disability increased by 47,796 between 2011 and 2016 and stood at 643,131 in April 2016, accounting for 13.5% of the population.  There were 331,551 females (51.6%) and 311,580 males (48.4%) with a disability.  Among those aged under 20, there was an increase of 11,828 persons (15.6%) with a disability since 2011.  This represented a disability rate of 6.7% in this group (up from 6% in 2011).
Up to one in ten persons below 45 years of age had a disability, rising to 20% by age 60. 

In April 2016, females comprised 118,151 (60.5%) of the country’s 195,263 carers, while there were 77,112 male carers.  There were 3,800 children aged under 15 providing care, accounting for 1.9% of all carers.  Over half of all carers (52.7%) were in the 40 to 59 age group while the greatest proportion of carers was in the 50-54 age group, which accounted for 28,703 carers (14.7%).  There was a 34.7% increase in carers aged 85 and over, where numbers rose from 1,318 to 1,776.  The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has published Census 2016 Profile 9 – Health, Disability and Carers.  The report shows that 87.0% of the population considered themselves to be in “very good” (59.4%) or “good” (27.6%) health.  There were 643,131 people, or 13.5% of the population, who indicated that they had a disability and the number of carers (people providing regular unpaid help for a friend/family member) increased by 8,151 (4.4%) to 195,263. 

In 2016, 87.0% of the population felt they had good or very good health, down slightly from 2011 when it was 88.3%.  Nearly six in ten or 59.5% of men felt their health was very good, compared with 59.3% of women.  The census results also clearly show the decline in general health with age, with 79% of 15-19 year olds in very good health, compared with 58.6% of those aged 40-44 and 31.3% of the 65 to 69 age group. 
Almost nine out of ten or 89.9% of people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown indicated their health was very good/good - the highest in the country.  It was followed by Meath (89.6%) and Kildare and Cork County (89.5%).  Dublin City had the lowest percentage at 82.8%, with Cork City and Longford the next lowest at 83.6% and 85.3% respectively. 

The full report is available on the CSO website at Census 2016 -  Profile 9 - Health, Disability and Carers

 

 
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