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This profile looks at depression and anxiety, suicide rate and hospital admissions for self-harm in North Yorkshire.

Depression and Anxiety

The percentage of people reporting depression or anxiety in North Yorkshire (13%) is significantly lower than the national average (14%). The percentage of individuals reporting depression or anxiety increased by 2% in North Yorkshire from 2014/15 to 2016/17. Scarborough is the only district with a rate that is significantly higher than England, with 16%of people aged over 18 reporting anxiety or depression.


North Yorkshire has a similar rate of hospital admissions for intentional self-harm (189 per 100,000 population) compared with England (185 per 100,000 population). The rate of hospital admissions for intentional self-harm in North Yorkshire increased between 2014/15 and 2017/18. Craven (256 per 100,000) and Scarborough (255 per 100,000) both have rates significantly higher than England. 


Suicide is a significant cause of death, and is an indicator of underlying rates of mental ill-health. The suicide rate in North Yorkshire has maintained at around 11 per 100,000 population since 2002, and the 2016-18 rate is significantly higher than England (11.4 per 100,000 locally compared to 9.6 per 100,000 nationally). In North Yorkshire, the suicide rate for males is higher than for females reflecting the national finding. The rate for males in North Yorkshire is similar to England (17 per 100,000 and 15 per 100,000, respectively). For females, the North Yorkshire rate (5.6 per 100,000) is similar to England 4.7 per 100,000. These are small numbers and should be interpreted with caution.