8,500 being treated for depression in district

OVER 8,500 people are being treated for depression in Mid-Ulster, latest figures have revealed.

The statistics were made public by Health Minister Edwin Poots in a recent Assembly question.

Currently 8,568 people living across the constituency are register by their GP under the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) of the General Medical Services contract.

But, the actual number of those living with the mental illness is a lot higher than reported as the depression register only includes patients aged 18 and over, and does not include women with postnatal depression.

The Mid-Ulster figure ranks higher than that of East Antrim and North Down, where 6,937 and 6,564 cases are registered respectively. Statistics for West Tyrone show that 8,650 people are living with depression according to the Q0F register.