In 2019, 4.7 per cent of people in Cyprus reported suffering chronic depression, while in the EU the percentage is much higher, at 7.2 per cent, according to the latest figures published by Eurostat, the statistical service of the European Union.
According to the same data, the percentage of women with chronic depression is higher than that of men in both the EU average and in Cyprus.
The percentage of people who report having chronic depression in Cyprus has increased by 1.1 percentage points compared to 2014. The EU average also increased slightly by 0.3 percentage points.
Among the EU countries, Slovenia (15.1 per cent) had the highest share of the population reporting chronic depression in 2019, followed by Portugal (12.2 per cent) and Sweden (11.7 per cent).
In contrast, the share of people reporting chronic depression was lowest in Romania (1.0 per cent), Bulgaria (2.7 per cent) and Malta (3.5 per cent).
In 2019, the share of people reporting chronic depression was higher for women than men in all EU Member States.
Portugal recorded the highest share of women reporting chronic depression (16.4 per cent), closely followed by Slovenia (16.0 per cent). Slovenia also recorded the highest share of men reporting chronic depression (14.3 per cent), followed by Sweden (10.0 per cent) and Germany (9.9 per cent).
This news item was published on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day that was marked last Friday, with Eurostat joining hands with the rest of the world to raise awareness of suicide and mental health.