One in seven 'contemplates suicide' (AOL.co.UK)
January 22, 2007

One in seven Britons has contemplated suicide, according to new research.

Men are more likely than women to feel suicidal and 18 to 30-year-olds are more likely to consider suicide than any other age group.

The YouGov survey of nearly 2,500 people was carried out by ITV1's This Morning to launch a week-long mental health special.

While one in seven (14 percent) said they had seriously considered killing themselves, one in five (22 percent) had considered self-harm. Of those who had thought of taking their own life, 41 percent were in the 18-30 age group.

One in seven (13 percent) said they are currently suffering from depression.

Work stress is the most common cause of depression, cited by 46 percent of men and 28 percent of women.

Other causes include marriage or relationship breakdown (26 percent), problems with their children (nine percent) or addiction to alcohol or drugs (four percent). A further 14 percent said depression ran in the family.

One in four (24 percent) said they had been diagnosed by a doctor but received no treatment.

The most successful treatment is a course of anti-depressants, with 27 percent saying it had helped them overcome the condition.

Another 14 percent said counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy had alleviated their depression, while three percent cited complementary medicine. Six percent of those surveyed said no treatment had been successful.