Family Lives responds to anxiety disorders cost £10bn

Family Lives works closely with families who experience anxiety issues.

“Family Lives is not surprised that anxiety disorders cost £10 billion a year. A 2011 Family Lives report ‘Families Matter: The realities of family life in Britain today’, found that 70% of parents and 78% of grandparents think it’s harder to be a parent today than a generation ago. The report also found that:

  • 76% of respondents said that they found being a parent harder, or much harder than they were expecting with 78.3% of grandparent respondents agreeing, saying that it is harder to be a parent now than when they were raising their children.
  • 69.6% of respondents to the Family Lives survey felt that it is harder to be a parent now than it was when they were a child.
  • 78.3% of grandparent respondents agreed, saying that it is harder to be a parent now than when they were raising their children.
  • 17.5% felt pressure to be the “perfect” parent with 46.8% of respondents feeling under pressure from the media with 52.1% of Mums felt pressure from that source, compared to 32.8% of Dads.
  • The second biggest source of pressure after the media was the government (29.6%).

At Family Lives, we recognise that family issues, work pressures and mental health can go hand in hand. If we do not ensure that appropriate support is in place for families during these times of economic uncertainty we could be storing up trouble for the future. Mental health problems clearly cost the economy a vast amount of money, spending on which could be prevented by spending a little on interventions such as relationship, family mediation and family support.”

Jeremy Todd, Family Lives Chief Executive