Using numbers from the Office For National Statistics, the PCT and Salford Council have calculated that just over 6000 men and just under 15000 women in the city are being treated for depression. This equates to 21,000 people out of a population of 218,000, or almost 10% of the total population.
The figures are quoted in a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment report which aims to give a true picture of Salford so the powers that be can work out what services are needed for the future. Commenting on the depression stats, the report explains that `the prevalence rate is notably higher than for England and Wales'.
Other statistics cited in the report showed that Salford workers earn £60 per month, or £3120 a year less than other workers in Great Britain…that 45% of households in the big regeneration area of East Salford have no car…and that 10% of households in Langworthy are overcrowded. It's no wonder so many people are depressed!
The PCT/Salford Council report states that "work is taking place in Salford to consider…what is termed `emotional wellbeing'…This strand of work is looking at improving peoples' happiness…particularly for those who are most in need…"
As the report explains, poverty is the common denominator. Again.