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Adult health and wellbeing

Excess weight in Adults
2016-17 Sport England
Suicide rate
per 100,000 2014-16 PHE
People with a low happiness score
2016/17 ONS
People with a high anxiety score
2016/17 ONS
Adults in contact with Secondary Mental Health Services
2014/15 HSCIC


Across the life course there are factors which influence health and wellbeing of people and the need for services. Some of these are personal modifiable risk factors such as smoking, alcohol, obesity, exercise and healthy diet. In Norfolk it is estimated that smoking, alcohol and obesity contribute about 23,000 hospital admissions per year. Although smoking prevalence is declining, smoking is still the biggest driver of avoidable poor health. The area with the highest smoking prevalence is Norwich. Addressing factors that people can do something about will help reduce the prevalence of long term conditions and reduce demand on services helping free up valuable resources.

In terms of mental wellbeing Norfolk has a rate slightly higher than average for reported happiness compared to England and also slightly lower proportion of people who are anxious. However, in Norfolk there are about 81,400 people who have a common mental health disorder and that is expected to increase by 1,400 between now and 2025. The ultimate expression of poor mental health is suicide and this occurs across all age bands, not just young people. In Norfolk suicide is higher than England as is the number of emergency hospital stays for self-harm.

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