One in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some point in our lives. Mental health problems account for the majority of all health problems. They can have a significant impact on individuals, society and the economy overall and can start early in life. In Wales, 1 in 10 children between the ages of 5 and 16 has a mental health problem and many more have behavioural problems.

Approximately 50% of people with enduring mental health problems have symptoms by the time they are 14. 14% of people responding to the Ask Cardiff Survey reported that they were fairly or very dissatisfied with their mental health. There were also notable differences between groups in society. 35% of disabled people were fairly or very dissatisfied with their mental health, and nearly 21% of under 35s. There were also differences, although less stark, between the neighbourhood areas, with people in the City and South and South East less content than those living in the North and West.