Thousands of people in the West Midlands were diagnosed with depression in the last year alone – with one in 12 adults in the region now suffering from the mental disorder.
The latest figures from the NHS have revealed that 160,506 people across the West Midlands were known to have depression in 2016-17 – nine per cent of all adults registered to a GP in the area.
That’s a big increase on the numbers seen the year before, when 141,553 people in the region were dealing with the mental illness.
Despite the startling rise in diagnoses, the West Midlands still has the same prevalence of depression as the rest of the country as a whole.
Nationally, around 4.2 million people have now been diagnosed with depression – up from 3.7 million in 2015-16 – or again nine per cent of all adults.
Some parts of the West Midlands have much higher rates of depression than others, however.
People living in Walsall are the most likely in the region to have depression, with 21,130 people in the area having been diagnosed – 10 per cent of all adults.
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Similarly, Dudley has a particularly high rate of this mental illness, with again 10 per cent of people suffering from depression – 2,523 people in total.
On the other hand, people in Sandwell and west Birmingham are much less likely to have been diagnosed with the disorder, with 30,946 adults in the area known to be depressed, or just seven per cent.
However, these figures only represent people who have been diagnosed with depression – there may be many more who suffer in silence.
Depression in the West Midlands
- NHS WALSALL – 18,462 in 2015-16, 21,130 in 2016-17 (10 per cent of patients)
- NHS DUDLEY – 2,364 in 2015-16, 2,523 in 2016-17 (10%)
- NHS WOLVERHAMPTON – 17,932 in 2015-16, 19,815 in 2016-17 (9%)
- NHS BIRMINGHAM SOUTH AND CENTRAL – 19,019 in 2015-16, 21,958 in 2016-17 (9%)
- NHS BIRMINGHAM CROSSCITY – 41,369 in 2015-16, 47,823 in 2016-17 (9%)
- NHS SOLIHULL – 14,507 in 2015-16, 16,311 in 2016-17 (8%)
- NHS SANDWELL AND WEST BIRMINGHAM – 27,900 in 2015-16, 30,946 in 2016-17 (7%)
Source : BirminghamMail