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Scilly 'has second lowest levels of depression'


The Isles of Scilly has the second lowest estimated levels of depression among neighbourhoods in England, according to analysis by The Guardian.

The lowest rate was in the affluent area around London Zoo in Westminster, where 3.1% of NHS were considered to be depressed. Scilly was second on 3.2%.

Of the 10 neighbourhoods with the lowest prevalence, 8 were in London. Mullion & St Keverne in Cornwall was seventh with 3.17%. London also has proportionally more psychiatrists than anywhere else in England.

The most depressed neighbourhoods were all found to be in the north and Midlands, with almost a quarter of patients at some GP surgeries seeking treatment.

Areas where more people are disproportionately poor, live alone, are in poor physical health, smoke, are unemployed and/or on benefits are more likely to have high levels of depression, according to the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey.

Stockport’s Brinnington neighbourhood had the highest estimated prevalence of depression at 23.6%, followed by Bidston Hill in the Wirral and Partington in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

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