Consultation on Health and Social Care Statistical Products

Health Inequalities in Mental Health

Health inequalities are avoidable and unfair differences in health status and determinants of health. They can be seen as differences between groups of people when measuring demographic, socioeconomic, geographical and other factors.

Reducing Inequalities in Mental Illness focuses on some of the actions that local areas can take to reduce health inequalities experienced by people living with mental health problems, with the aim of achieving improved health outcomes and life expectancy.

Addressing health inequalities – including in mental health – is a statutory duty for PHE




Using Fingertips to assess inequalities

How to assess inequalities in Fingertips

There is now an ‘Exploring Inequality’ domain in this profile.  

To get to and use this domain please do the following:

Click on the 'Start' button. Then, in 'Topic' (the bar on right side, top of the page, under profile title) click on the 3 fullstops, and select the 'Exploring inequality' domain. Then, in 'Data view' (bar on top left) click on the fullstops and select the 'Inequalities' function.

You are ready to use the Exploring Inequalities domain. To see the available metrics presented by CCG, in the 'Geography' bar, click on the 3 dots beside 'Area type' and selected a CCG geography. To view data presented by UTLA, repeat the process and select a UTLA geography.

What type of inequalities can be assessed?

Data is presented at national level, and by local government or healthcare geographies. When presenting data by CCG this domain concentrates on variation and inequality in access to services. When presenting data by UTLA this domain concentrates on factors related to mental health problems.

The metrics can be broken down by protected characteristic such as age and gender. The metrics can also be viewed by deprivation quintiles using the Index of Multiple Deprivation measure. A break down by ethnic group is currently in development. 

The aim is to provide breakdowns by all possible protected characteristics and for other vulnerable groups as soon as possible.

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