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Report: Hungry Oregonians Singing the Blues

November 30, 2007

Portland, OR – A new report from the Oregon Center for Public Policy shows adults in hungry households are nearly twice as likely to suffer from depression. One in three adults from households with limited access to food report depression, compared to one in seven who aren't having trouble putting food on the table. Nearly one in four adults in households facing actual hunger also report suicidal thoughts. However, report coauthor Joy Margheim says the news isn't all bad.

"Recognizing this overlap between food insecurity and depression could present new opportunities for addressing both of them. Depression is diagnosable and fortunately treatable."

Margheim says the state needs to find ways to link its fight against hunger with mental health services.

"By addressing food insecurity, because it is associated with depression, you may also be able to alleviate depression or vice versa. We do know about ways that you can intervene, in food insecurity for example. The Food Stamp program has been fairly effective."

The state's Interagency Coordinating Council on Hunger is considering the findings this week.

Dondrea Warner/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OR