16 October 2013
The Chief Executive of Aware Defeat Depression, Siobhan Doherty, has said she is very concerned at the increase of adults diagnosed with depression in Northern Ireland following statistics released by Health Minister, Edwin Poots.
In a question asked to the Health Minister by Sue Ramsey MLA, it was revealed that the amount of adults diagnosed with depression in Northern Ireland has increased by a staggering 3.1% in five years from 2007 to 2012.
Commenting on the latest statistics, Siobhan Doherty has said,
"The fact that depression is increasing rather than decreasing sends out a very clear message that people suffering from this illness need help sooner rather than later.
"Aware Defeat Depression recognises the stigma attached to mental health issues, in particular depression. If someone is suffering from depression, they should feel comfortable enough to talk about it to family and friends in order to ensure they receive the correct help and guidance.
"If someone you know is suffering from depression talk to them. Don’t let depression be the elephant in the room.
Alternatively, we offer a helpline service for anyone affected by depression, those who experience depression or the family and friends of those who experience depression. To talk to someone or find out more information about depression, please call the helpline today on 08451 20 29 61.”