Twice as likely
A coalition of charities calls for better care and support for people with long term conditions and depression
To mark the start of Depression Awareness Week a new report from a coalition of leading charities is calling for better care and support for people with long term conditions and depression. The report suggests that people with long term conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease are twice or three times more likely to experience depression.
Emer O’Neill, spokesperson for the coalition and Chief Executive of Depression Alliance said, "Depression is a debilitating condition and having a double whammy of a long term condition and depression has an undoubtedly serious effect on a person’s quality of life and health. As a coalition of charities, we are calling for equal importance to be given to the physical and psychological symptoms of long term conditions."