The British Government is pushing a new approach to combat over-medicalization of depression in young people. Norman Lamb, the care minister, is promoting a multi-media strategy that will provide help via the internet and over the phone. This may include on-line counselling, computerised CBT, and peer support networks for the mentally ill. The latter is particularly to be welcomed in an age of pronounced bullying, including cyber-bullying. Some programs have already been shown to work.

“Young people live in an online world and therefore we really need to revolutionise services so that they are where young people are, rather than expecting young people to go to them”

Lucie Russel. Director of campaigns at the charity Young Minds

53 million prescriptions for anti-depressants last year. There is a place for medical intervention but before that there are people/community and methods that work.