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Lack of awareness putting the depressed at risk

Published on 03/02/2010
Three-quarters of Brits experience depression on a regular basis, however, only a third seek help or treatment.

That is according to a survey carried out by social care organisation Turning Point, which found that a fifth of people in the UK feel embarrassed about talking through their mental health problems.

Tim Watkins, director of mental health support expert Journeys, said: "There is still a gap in public awareness of the symptoms and warning signs of depression.

"It could actually become quite a severe life risk in itself that you may well get into self neglect and at the extreme end, suicide accounts for about 4,000 depressed people every year."

He added that fear surrounding mental illness often causes people to avoid seeking professional help and health care, increasing their risk of long-term conditions such as cancer, stroke and heart disease.

Statistics show that while approximately 121 million people suffer with depression worldwide, as many as three in four cases are neither recognised nor treated.
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