Search

One in seven people in Norfolk living with depression or anxiety

Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

bodnarchuk

One in seven people in Norfolk are living with depression or anxiety, according to a survey of patients registered with GPs.

Figures from Public Health England show that 14pc of registered patients in the area were suffering with at least one of the mental health conditions at the start of last year.

The most recent survey showed that the rate in Norfolk had increased by 14.3pc since 2015. The rate in the area is slightly higher than the national average.

Stephen Buckley, from mental health charity Mind, said: “As attitudes towards mental health improve and with it the understanding that help is available, we’re going to see more and more people seek support. No matter where you live, it is important that everyone has access to quality mental health services, when they need them.”

Across England, 13.7pc of GPs’ patients reported living with depression or anxiety at the start of 2017. They were more common among women, with 14.7pc saying they had at least one of the two conditions. For men, the rate was 12.7pc.

Nationally, figures varied significantly between areas. The highest rates of depression and anxiety were in Liverpool, where nearly one in five respondents noted the conditions - more than double the rate in West Berkshire.

The results of the survey, conducted between January and March last year, also showed significant differences according to the background of the respondent, with those from more deprived areas more likely to report anxiety or depression.

Mr Buckley said that the reasons for regional variations were unclear.

He added: “We do know that there are links between, for example, deprivation and mental wellbeing, so it may be that prevalence is genuinely higher in certain areas. On the other hand, more positively, it may be that in some places there is greater awareness that you can get some support from your GP for your mental health.

He said symptoms varied but: “if you’re experiencing depression you might feeling low, numb, worthless or without hope. Everyone experiences good days and bad days but if the feelings don’t go away after a couple of weeks or keep returning, it could be a sign that you’re experiencing a common mental health problem like depression or an anxiety disorder.”

Other news

Yesterday, 09:19

The number of civil partnerships in Norfolk has fallen dramatically since same-sex marriage was legalised.

Friday, August 17, 2018

A Swaffham grain trader has bought a Yorkshire competitor in an undisclosed-value deal.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Swaffham town councillors have agreed to apply for a £6 million government loan to fund the development of 51 new homes.

Friday, August 17, 2018

A First World War memorial campaign led by former head of the army Lord Dannatt will see 6ft tall Tommy silhouette statues erected around the county.

Most Read

Friday, July 6, 2018

An emotional farewell has been given to former Norfolk County Council leader Cliff Jordan.

Read more
Alison Thomas
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The closure of a major American airbase is to be delayed by another year.

Read more
Monday, February 6, 2017

The distinctive sight and sound of the US Air Force’s (USAF) tankers roaring above East Anglia has been a regular feature for 25 years.

Read more
United Kingdom
Monday, March 28, 2016

An academy trust that runs four Norfolk high schools has announced plans to cut 10 teaching posts because of rising costs and falling income.

Read more
Wayland Academy
Sunday, June 21, 2015

Love-struck Tim Round proposed to Rhiannon Shepherd after a flash mob dance by her brothers and sisters.

Read more
Manchester

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 17°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Watton and Swaffham Times e-edition today
E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Watton and Swaffham Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy