HEALTH bosses are urging Ilkeston folk to seek help if they are suffering from depression following the release of new figures.
An estimated 14,230 people in Erewash – just under 15 per cent – suffer from a common mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety or a phobia.
One in five people will have depression at some point in their lives but as many as three in four cases of are neither recognised nor treated.
Tracy McGonagle, mental health planning manager for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “Some people still think that depression is just about feeling a little sad or down and not a genuine illness.
“They’re wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms. It’s not a sign of weakness.”
Visit www.time-to-change.org.uk or www.mentalhealthrecovery.com for more information or speak to your GP.