Antidepressant prescriptions on the increase in Hackney

Antidepressant prescriptions in Hackney have increased by more than a fifth in four years, analysis of NHS figures shows.

The number of prescriptions went up from 92,082 in 2008-9 to 112,569 in 2011-12, according to NHS Information Centre data, an increase of 22.3 per cent.

The data, covering prescriptions by City and Hackney PCT GPs, may reflect growing levels of mental ill-health brought on by job insecurity and money worries caused by the recession.