COVID-19: Depression in adults has more than doubled since before pandemic

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Depression in Britain's adults more than doubled in early 2021 compared with levels recorded before the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, figures have shown.

Around 21% of adults in Britain experienced some form of depression compared with 10% before the coronavirus outbreak took hold in early 2020.

Among people aged 16 to 39 the figure stood at 29%, up from 11%, while for those with a disability the figure was 39%, up from 27%.

Some 25% of people living in a single-person household experienced depression in early 2021, up from 15% before the pandemic.

For those living in a household with at least one child under 16, the proportion stood at 23%, up from 6%.

When comparing age groups, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found more than four in 10 (43%) women aged 16 to 29 years experienced depressive symptoms in early 2021, compared with 26% of men of the same age.

Among women aged 30 to 49 the figure stood at 25%, compared with 18% for men.

One in four people (25%) from ethnically diverse backgrounds experienced some form of depression at the start of the year while the figure for people of white ethnicity was 20%.

A higher proportion of adults renting their home experienced some form of depression (31%) when compared with adults who own their home outright (13%).

Almost three in 10 (28%) adults living in the most deprived areas of England experienced depressive symptoms, compared with just under two in 10 (17%) adults in the least deprived areas.

The figures were compiled by the ONS from people aged 16 and over who were surveyed between 27 January and 7 March 2021.

Meanwhile, ONS figures have also shown that a total of 260 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 23 April mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate - the lowest number since the week ending 25 September.

The figure is down 28% on the previous week.

Around one in 38 (2.6%) deaths registered in the week to 23 April recorded COVID-19 on the death certificate.