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Over 37,000 living with depression in Bucks

Mix96 is starting a month of stories & discussion on mental health in Buckinghamshire.

Published by Dan Gooding at 8:00am 1st February 2020. (Updated at 10:15am 3rd February 2020) 3-minute read.

Over 37,000 living with depression in Bucks

Every year in Buckinghamshire, around 40 people take their own life and nearly 70% of those are men.

That is just one of the reasons we are dedicating February to mental health.

Some of the stats in a new report show that in Buckinghamshire:

  • Over 37,000 are living with depression, up 10,000 on 2013/14
  • 40% of those who take their own life have tried to before
  • Hospital admissions for mental health are actually reducing
  • 0.75% of the population (4.1k) suffering from a severe mental illness
  • 657 people admitted to A&E after self-harming in 2016/17

This is the state of mental health in Bucks and for the next month Mix96 is focusing on it, hearing from charities and individuals and doing our bit to help.

It has all been organised by Nia from our Breakfast Show:

"I first experienced anxiety about five or six years ago, when I started getting these extra feelings, I didn't talk to my friends, I didn't really talk to anyone about what I was going through.

"Now I think people are more likely to talk and share, which is great but we still need more people to talk.

"Of course we are the local radio station an we absolutely love Bucks and everyone in Bucks is important to us.

"So we want everyone to know that it is okay not to feel okay."

Nia says the need is huge here:

What will we be doing?

  • Hearing from charities like Hector's House, Bucks Mind and Lindengate Mental Health Charity
  • Chatting to those who have struggled with their mental health or been able to raise the profile of conditions
  • Looking at what our health service and council are doing to help us all with our mental health
  • Giving you helpful tips throughout the day and night 
  • Offering lots of hints and tips through our website
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