St Helens is UK’s second biggest spender on anti-depressants

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St Helens has the second-highest spending on anti-depressant drugs, new figures reveal.

The statistics are based on funding by Clinical Commissioning Group.

It comes just days after an Office of National Statistics found St Helens folk were the ninth saddest in the country.

Read our full story here and the Reporter’s response reasons to be cheerful in St Helens

Areas where the most NHS money per head is spent on anti-depressants by Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG):

1. Blackpool £10.46 2.

St Helens £9.21

3. Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale £8.53

4. Isle of Wight £8.43

5. South Manchester £8.20

6. Great Yarmouth & Waveney £7.71

7. West Norfolk £7.67

8. North East Essex £7.59

9. South Lincolnshire £7.45

10. West Suffolk £7.34

Areas where the least NHS money per head is spent on anti-depressants by Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG):

1. Brent £2.12

2. Newham £2.18

3. Redbridge £2.33

4. Merton £2.45

5. City and Hackney £2.48

6. Haringey £2.51

7. Southwark £2.52

8. Lambeth £2.57

9. Hillingdon £2.63

10. Barking & Dagenham £2.66