Mental Health Foundation responds to research findings on depression

By agency reporter
April 20, 2018

Lee Knifton, Head of The Mental Health Foundation Scotland has responded to new research which identified areas of DNA that could be linked to depression. Scientists led by the University of Edinburgh analysed data from UK Biobank – a research resource containing health and genetic information for half a million people.

Lee Knifton, head of  MHF Scotland said, "We welcome new research that can help to inform our understanding of biological dimensions that contribute towards the development or perpetuation of depression, particularly where this can lead to creating more effective treatments and support to alleviate suffering.

"However it is important that we give equal significance and resources to funding and addressing the psychological and social causes of depression, which are often rooted in inequalities, trauma and stigma.

"There's no escaping from the fact that in Scotland, people in the most deprived areas are four times more likely to report symptoms of depression than those in the least deprived areas. Our immediate environment, such as financial circumstances, family, relationships, housing and welfare will have the biggest impact on our mental health."

* More on the research from the University of Edinburgh here

* Mental Health Foundation


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