FRESH BID TO CUT ANTIDEPRESSANT PRESCRIPTIONS
By Ben Pindar, Community Newswire
HEALTH Antidepressants, 07 Jun 2006 - 10:06
In the wake of new figures which show antidepressant prescriptions have rocketed by 33% over the last six years, a leading mental health charity has today been handed a big cash grant to promote exercise as an alternative treatment.
New Government figures have revealed the huge increase in the use of antidepressants is now costing the economy more than £28 million.
To combat the problem, the Department of Health has handed £95,000 to the Mental Health Foundation in a bid to encourage GPs across the country to prescribe exercise as an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression.
The charity will use the money to train and employ an Exercise Referral Champion who will promote the use of exercise therapy directly to GPs.