“It is one of the great health curses of the 21st century”, reported the Edinburgh Scotsman back in 2010.
They stated that there were soaring levels of prescriptions for anti-depressant drugs of more than 500,000 a year just in the Lothians.
The BBC report this year that the number of people in Scotland treated with antidepressants has risen by 5% to 814,181 and since 2009/10 the use of antidepressants has increased by 28.5%.
In Scotland, one in four people will experience a diagnosable mental health problem each year. Anxiety and depression are the two most common.
And weirdly, the Polish community in Edinburgh seem to suffer from a very high suicide rate. Recent statistics released by the Polish Consulate revealed that there were 20 deaths per 100,000 within the Polish community compared to 14 per 100,000 for the rest of Scotland.
If you are in your 40s-50s and live in Scotland then the chances are very high that you have been prescribed drugs for mental health issues including depression as the chart form the ISD Scotland part of NHS National Services shows
If you suffer from a mental health disorder in can take a long time to receive taking therapy according to NHS Scotland and waiting times are often more than 3-6 months.
On top of that you will have to pay for the therapy yourself and even though the charities offer “free” counselling, they ask for donations according to your salary.
Here is a list of charities that offer talking therapy-
- Cruse for bereavement care
- Beat for eating disorders
- Mind for mental health problems
- Relate for relationship counselling