Why then, are some 15 million odd people (roughly 1 in 4 of the population) not queuing up to see the Doctor, lined up outside treatment centres or blocking corridors in hospitals then?
Probably because of the way they have defined 'Mental health' to start with, let alone manipulate the figures which is about par for the course (See Statistics, under 'Articles' at top of homepage.) these days.
Subsequently, the resultant preposterous and incredulous figure of 1 in 4 most likely then includes anyone who has had even so much, as a bad hair day.
However, if we are to believe anything remotely like these incredulous figures being trumpeted around, then there must be a reason for it.
I don't doubt that there is a genuine, small increase in the number of people with mental health issues.
As more and more people are pressured for ever increased performance at work for less, are valued less and less by employers and government alike, life gets more hectic in general anyway and more and more people are squeezed financially by the corporate capitalists, surely this can only be expected.
People also see that whilst this is happening, paradoxically life is getting far easier and comfortable for the wealthy.
We're heading back to the old days of Victorian Britain where we had public squalor, amidst private wealth.
The fact that people will become disillusioned, despondent, angry or upset is simply inevitable.
And as more and more people feel disenfranchised, the universally acknowledged rise in the levels of cynicism and apathy associated with it, can only rise.
Of course one of the reasons for this underlying and undoubtedly real increase is both less obvious and therefore widely ignored.
Once renowned for our eccentricity, legendary stoicism and 'stiff upper lip' disposition, we have morphed in to a nation of politically correct, namby-pamby, wishy-washy, bleeding heart liberals who simply need to man-up.