The Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales welcomes the Position Statement on Antidepressants and Depression (PS04/19) issued by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and offers the following, additional Welsh specific recommendations:
- Welsh Government should invest further in alternatives to antidepressants for people with depression
- Welsh Government should offer updated, evidence based, prescribing advice on antidepressant, withdrawal and tapering at the earliest opportunity to help people come of antidepressants with as few issues as possible.
- Welsh Government should commission further research into the rates and behaviours of antidepressant prescribing to Children and Young people.
Professor Keith Lloyd, chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales, said:
"These treatments used in the right way can be life-saving, particularly in combination with talking therapies.
"It is clear, there is under investment in evidence based psychological therapies and we’re also calling on more support for prescribing advice, withdrawal and tapering at the earliest opportunity.
"Going forward, we will share this report with the Welsh government and recommend they commission further research into the rates and behaviours of antidepressants, particularly in relation to children and young people.”