Irish Examiner | Noel Baker

Almost one in five people in rural areas said they had experienced depression, whether directly or through a family member.

The Irish Examiner / ICMSA poll also found that 8% said they or an immediate family member had some experience regarding suicide.

Female respondents, at 23%, were more likely to say they had experience of depression than men, at 16%, while those aged between 35 and 44 was the group with the highest percentage of those who said they or a family member had experience of depression. Dairy farmers and those in other sectors of agriculture but not tillage and livestock also had the highest percentage of people saying they had experience of depression.

Regarding any type of connection with suicide, 14% of women said they had, versus 7% of men, while those in the 55 to 64 age group had the highest percentage of people who said they had some connection to suicide, at 11%.

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