Antidepressant prescriptions up 30% in Cornwall in three years

The number of antidepressant prescriptions in Cornwall rose by more than 30% in three years, new figures have revealed.

Prescriptions from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust increased from 495,000 in 2009 to 647,000 in 2012, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) said.

Local health bosses said it may be partially down to more people feeling they can seek help for such illnesses.

Sandra Miles, from the NHS Kernow clinical commissioning group, said: "It's far more common to talk about issues and seek appropriate support from GPs and other professionals."

Ms Miles, joint programme leader for mental health for NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council, added: "They are only one of a range of treatments available, along with support groups and psychological therapy."

Last month, the HSCIC reported a 7% increase in the number of people being prescribed antidepressants in the last year in England.

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