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Antidepressant use increased in England after the Brexit vote

Antidepressant use increased in England after the Brexit vote

LGBT+ for a People's Vote at the 700,000 strong march in London

A new study shows that use of antidepressants in England increased after the Brexit vote.

The study was published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Researchers found a 13.4% increase in antidepressants in the month following the referendum.

This was in comparison to other drugs analyzed for the study. Further, prescriptions of antidepressants continued to increase after the vote.

The study was the combined effort of authors from King’s College London and Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in the US. They looked at data of daily doses per capita every month in 326 voting areas in England between 2011-2016.

‘This relative increase in antidepressant prescribing after the referendum may be attributed to increased uncertainty for certain parts of the population, but does not rule out an improvement in mood for others,’ the authors wrote in their conclusion.

‘A possible policy implication is that programmes for the promotion of mental health may need to be intensified during periods of uncertainty.’

The LGBTI community and mental health

Studies have consistently shown disproportionately higher rates of struggles with mental health in the LGBTI community.

Youth of the community, especially those who are trans, are more likely to experience suicide ideation or attempt taking their own life. Almost half of them have also harmed themselves.

Anyone can struggle with depression, and some people find that mental health services are lacking in the UK.

Numerous people believe Brexit will be bad for LGBTI people and are therefore supporting a People’s Vote on the issue.

In September, GSN declared their official support for a People’s Vote.

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