More than 15 per cent of Eastwood residents suffering with depression

The number of people living with the mental health problem in the town is higher than anywhere else within Broxtowe – with a total of 15.7 per cent of residents diagnosed with depression in 2019-20.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 2:51 pm
More than 15 per cent of the town's residents are suffering with depression.

The rate in Eastwood is also a lot higher than the national average of 11.5 per cent.

Mental health charity Mind said bereavement, isolation and the economic recession mean the nation is now facing a "mental health pandemic", and that a strategic approach from the Government is needed.

Vicki Nash, head of policy and campaigns at the charity, said: "This strategy must focus specifically on communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including racialised communities and young people.

"It must address widening inequalities, sort out our woefully underfunded social care system, fund public health and make sure the education system supports young people’s wellbeing.

“It’s important that no matter where you live, you are able to get the support you need when you need it."

New figures from the Office for National Statistics show one in five adults experienced depressive symptoms between January and March – more than double the year before.

Data also shows that 0.7 per cent of patients across Broxtowe were diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychoses last year.

Dr David Crepaz-Keay, of Mind, said the gap between rich and poor is only likely to widen post-pandemic.

He added: "If we want to reduce those mental health inequalities then we have to start to prioritise actions against some of these social determinants.

"We also need to get better at providing support to people who are victims of these events as part of our mental health response.

"We can’t treat our way out of this, we have to rebuild our communities back properly."

The charity organises the annual Mental Health Awareness Week, which is running from May 10-16 this year.

The Government said it is providing an additional £2.3 billion a year by 2023-24 for mental health services.

A government spokeswoman added: “Hundreds of billions have been spent to help those most in need throughout the pandemic, safeguarding jobs, boosting welfare support, raising the living wage and introducing the £269 million Covid Local Support Grant to help children and families stay well-fed.”