Three quarters of GPs have prescribed anti-depressants even though they think another treatment would have been more effective, a survey has found.
The Mental Health Foundation says meditation halves the risk of repeated depression and should be more readily available, but access is very limited.
The Mental Health Foundation says mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) halves the risk of further bouts of depression.
But the report finds 75% of GPs have prescribed medication to people with long-term depression believing that another treatment - often less readily available - would be more appropriate.
The National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has recommended MBCT for recurrent depression since 2004.
But the latest report found that just one in five GPs say they can access the treatment for their patients, and only one in 20 prescribe it regularly.