Depression in South Asian Men

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Depression in South Asian Men

Parle Patel and Attika Choudhary have made a documentary based on a real life case where a father's depression affected the whole family. He wanted to raise awareness of depression in the South Asian community and how it is often ignored or suppressed and sometimes within the younger generation because it is viewed as a weakness. 

Men who migrated to the UK in the 1960s and who are perceived as the head of the family and the main source of wealth, suppress depression when it begins to affect them and as a result this impacts their families. The consequence of this can lead to their children suffering

Among the South Asian community depression is not viewed as an illness and therefore men who suffer from it don't seek help and are afraid to admit to having depression. 

It is thought that depression will become the largest and most expensive problem for the NHS in 2030 outstripping cancer according to the World Health Organisation. 75 per cent of mental problems start before the age of 18. 

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