Depression shock

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ONE in six people in Wigan borough suffer from depression, according to a new report.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies report revealed that some 45,389 people in the borough have depression and or anxiety disorders - 15 per cent of the population.

The report released by the NHS Information Centre also revealed that between April and June this year, 1,063 people were treated by NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan (NHSALW) using psychological therapies. It also showed that during the same period, 233 people were taken off sick pay as a result of these therapies.

In total 31 per cent of people who completed these treatments are now said to be no longer showing measurable symptoms of depression or anxiety disorder at their last therapy session.

According to the survey, nationally, two in five people with depression or an anxiety disorder who complete NHS psychological therapy recover from their condition and nationally approximately six million people suffer from depression or anxiety disorders.

The report is the first to examine the impact of the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme which is being rolled out across England between 2008 and 2015.

The programme is designed to support the NHS to implement guidelines on treating people suffering from depression.