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By Dareh Gregorian NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | Nov 12, 2015 at 1:55 PM

At least 8% of New York City residents suffer from symptoms of depression, a new report by the city Department of Health says.
At least 8% of New York City residents suffer from symptoms of depression, a new report by the city Department of Health says. (Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

We’re the Big Blue Apple.

One in five New Yorkers have a mental health disorder, and at least 8% suffer from symptoms of depression, a new report by the city Department of Health says.

“Major depressive disorder is the single greatest source of disability in NYC,” the report says. “At any given time over half a million adult New Yorkers are estimated to have depression, yet less than 40% report receiving care for it.”

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And DOH Executive Deputy Commissioner Dr. Gary Belkin said those figures are “conservative.”

“There’s a lot we don’t know,” Belkin said.

The report “sets the stage” for a series of reforms to be announced by the de Blasio administration in the coming weeks.

The report also shows that 8% of public school kids say they've attempted suicide, and that 73,000 public high school students report “feeling sad or helpless each month.”
The report also shows that 8% of public school kids say they’ve attempted suicide, and that 73,000 public high school students report “feeling sad or helpless each month.” (Goodluz/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The report is filled with dismaying statistics, including that 8% of public school kids say they’ve attempted suicide, and that 73,000 public high school students report “feeling sad or helpless each month.”

Those problems continue into college.

A survey of 1,000 CUNY students found 26% reported significant anxiety, while 19% had symptoms of depression. Only 10% sought treatment from the college or health center.

Schools can “play a huge role” in combatting the problem, Belkin said. “From a prevention standpoint, that’s where we have to start.”

The city’s also been reeling from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse — unintentional drug overdose deaths outnumbered both homicide and traffic fatalities, the report says.

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<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 12px;">Mayor de Blasio (c.) hosts a roundtable discussion with his wife Chirlane McCray (r. de Blasio) and Dr. Gary Belkin (r.) on mental health outreach in the city. Belkin said the Department of Health will pursue aggresive strategies to combat the growing problems.</span>
Mayor de Blasio (c.) hosts a roundtable discussion with his wife Chirlane McCray (r. de Blasio) and Dr. Gary Belkin (r.) on mental health outreach in the city. Belkin said the Department of Health will pursue aggresive strategies to combat the growing problems. (Joe Marino/New York Daily News)

“Alcohol misuse is estimated to cost NYC nearly $6 billion in citywide economic productivity losses every year, while depression accounts for $2.4 billion in losses,” the study says.

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