Depression ‘well above average’ in Oxford as cases continue to rise

Latest figures show a blanket increase in severe mental health issues across the county, with Oxford City ‘well above the average’ of all other districts.

Deprivation in parts of the county, along with increased awareness, are being blamed for the rise.

The figures were published in the Oxfordshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment 2018, an annual report by Oxfordshire County Council.

It showed the number of people diagnosed with depression in Oxfordshire increased by 7,100 between 2016/17 and 2015/16 – an increase of 14 per cent.

Depression is now the second highest diagnosis for patients across Oxfordshire, with the total of 56,800 trumped only by cases of high blood pressure.

The report also revealed suicide rates of under 25s and cases of self-harm were statistically above the national average.

These statistics continue a concerning trend that has seen the number of GP-registered patients in Oxfordshire with depression or anxiety increase significantly each year over the past four years.

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