Mental Health Foundation responds to Edinburgh University findings on depression
Lee Knifton, Head of Mental Health Foundation Scotland 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 4 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."