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Depressive Illnesses

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 91858, tabled on 6 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people in England have been diagnosed with (a) depression and (b) anxiety since March 2020.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

19 November 2020

NHS Digital collects information in the mental health services dataset on people of all ages in contact with secondary mental health services in England who have a recorded diagnosis of a mental disorder, or who have been referred for talking and psychological therapies for conditions such as depression or anxiety.

However, NHS Digital has advised that recording levels of such diagnoses in the dataset are currently too low for any meaningful interpretation.

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