More people could be suffering from depression than first thought

The number of Brits who suffer with depression may have been hugely underestimated, according to new figures released by the Depression Alliance, sportsmole.co.uk reports.

In a survey of 2,000 adults, the Depression Alliance found that 37 per cent of men had reported feelings of depression in the past, whilst the number was even higher for women - reaching 53 per cent. This is despite official figures released by the NHS claiming that only a quarter of Brits suffer with the condition.

Going against these official numbers, the Depression Alliance claimed that many more Brits could be suffering with depression but not reporting it. As such, it suggests that the NHS figures only detail those who have sought help, not everybody who develops the condition.

Generally, it argued, people still feel a stigma when reporting depression and are unsure of who to call upon for help. Many claimed they felt lonely and unable to share their experience with others who'd suffered a similar fate.

Speaking to dailymail.co.uk of the results, ex-footballer Stan Collymore - who has had his own battles with depression - explained: "Depression is a very isolating illness.

"You can be around friends, you can be around family, and if they don't understand exactly what you're going through it can actually exacerbate issues and matters and make them worse."