UK Lockdowns Double Rate of Depression

A recent Office for National Statistics Report investigated the proportion of the adult population experiencing some form of depression.

The report outlines that 21 percent  of adults experienced some form of depression in the first three months of 2021, this is an increase from 19 percent in November 2020. These new figures are over double the pre-pandemic level of 10 percent. 

Younger adults and women were the most likely to experience some form of depression. 43 percent of women aged 16 to 29 years experiencing depressive symptoms, whereas only 26 percent of men in the same age bracket reported the same symptoms.

There was a higher proportion of depression amongst people who rented their homes at 31 percent as compared with those who owned their homes outright at 13 percent. Adults in the most deprived areas were 28 percent more likely to experience depressive symptoms when compared with 17 percent in the least deprived areas.