Greece recorded among the lowest rates of chronic depression in its population for 2019, according to the latest data reported by Eurostat.
With both Greece and Cyprus reporting under 5%, the EU average was 7.2% reporting chronic depression, a small increase compared with 2014 (+0.3 percentage points).
Among the EU countries, Slovenia (15.1%) had the highest share of the population reporting chronic depression in 2019, followed by Portugal (12.2%) and Sweden (11.7%).
In contrast, the share of people reporting chronic depression was lowest in Romania (1.0%), Bulgaria (2.7%) and Malta (3.5%).
In 2019, the share of people reporting chronic depression was higher for women than men in all EU Member States.
Portugal recorded the highest share of women reporting chronic depression (16.4%), closely followed by Slovenia (16.0%).
Slovenia also recorded the highest share of men reporting chronic depression (14.3%), followed by Sweden (10.0%) and Germany (9.9%).
This news item is published on the occasion of World Suicide Prevention Day, joining hands with the rest of the world to raise awareness of suicide and mental health.