08 December 2022
Jersey’s first Public Mental Health Profile which aims to paint a picture of the mental health
and wellbeing of Jersey’s population has been published today.
The report takes a Public Health perspective and draws data relating to population mental
health from various sources.
Some headlines of the report include:
- The majority of adults report high or very high scores for happiness (66%),
satisfaction (69%), and feeling worthwhile (69%)
- Some groups of people were more likely to report low wellbeing scores, such as
those who are finding it difficult to cope financially or live in materially deprived
households, and those who consider their general health to be bad
- 14% of adults often felt lonely, and those who rarely or never socialised were more
likely to have lower wellbeing scores
- In 2021 around 13,100 patients were prescribed antidepressants, an increase of 18%
over the last 6 years
- Among children, the average scores for anxiety have increased in 2021 compared to
2018, particularly amongst females
- Young people from materially deprived households were more likely to report low
self-esteem, and those children with low self-esteem were more likely to have selfharmed in the last 12 months
- There have been over 1,000 cumulative registrations for “Kooth” the online mental
health and wellbeing advice and support service for young people
This report is the first publication of its kind in Jersey, and Public Health welcomes
feedback to support future development of the profile.