More than two thirds of British adults are diagnosed with depression at some point in their lives, according to a new report.
The findings also reveal that more than half of those who suffer from depression have attempted suicide.
The new survey of 2,800 people was carried out by mental health charity Mind.
It found that depression was a common problem for British people aged between 18 and 64.
The charity’s director, Kate Harrison, said: “More than two in three people with depression in the survey have attempted or committed suicide at some stage in their life.”
These figures make it clear that we cannot simply accept the stigma around mental health and the challenges we face as a society.
“The mental health system needs to do more to educate the public about mental health, and more support for people living with depression.”
The charity also found that the number of people who have attempted and committed suicide is on the rise.
The survey also found one in four British adults have experienced a depressive episode in the past 12 months, up from one in five in 2012.
The number of Britons with a mental health condition has also risen in the last year, to 7.3 million.
It is thought that around 1.5 million people in Britain have a depressive disorder, while about a quarter of people have experienced symptoms of depression at least once in their lifetime.
The mental wellbeing of people with a depressive illness is often under-reported and untreated.
According to the charity, mental health services have a duty to ensure that the services they provide are effective and appropriate, as well as taking account of people’s individual needs.
The Samaritans provides confidential support and advice to those in need.