Mental Health Foundation responds to Edinburgh University findings on depression

17th Apr 2018

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Lee Knifton, Director of Scotland and Northern Ireland, responds to Edinburgh University's findings on depression:

"We welcome new research that can help to inform our understanding of biological dimensions that contribute towards the development or perpetuation of depression, particularly where this can lead to creating more effective treatments and support to alleviate suffering. However, it is important that we give equal significance and resources to funding and addressing the psychological and social causes of depression, which are often rooted in inequalities, trauma and stigma.

"There's no escaping from the fact that in Scotland, people in the most deprived areas are four times more likely to report symptoms of depression than those in the least deprived areas. Our immediate environment, such as financial circumstances, family, relationships, housing and welfare, will have the biggest impact on our mental health."

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We all have times when we feel down, but depression is about more than feeling sad or fed up for a few days. Depression causes a low mood that lasts a long time and affects your daily life.

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Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration.

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