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Womens’ mental health a focus of Mental Health Week 2014

April 24, 2014

Last year, Mental Health Week (MHW) shone a light on youth mental health. This year, the mental health of women takes the spotlight.

Mental Health Week - Women's Mental Health Poster

Did you know:

  • Various social factors put women at greater risk of poor mental health than men. For example, women:
    • have more care-giving responsibilities
    • have higher rates of poverty
    • are more likely to suffer domestic violence and abuse
  • Women have higher rates of mood and anxiety disorders
  • Postpartum Depression and Perinatal Mood Disorders affect up to 30 per cent of mothers within the first year of giving birth. That number is likely higher as many moms don’t come forward
  • Women are more likely to speak and be open about their mental health issues

Mental health problems and illnesses affect everyone differently and at different stages in life. We hope Mental Health Week provides the opportunity for everyone to reflect on attitudes about mental health and people’s behaviours toward people living with mental health issues.

In doing so, we hope that MHW encourages people to take action and help eliminate the discrimination and stigma associated with mental health problems.
Read more about MHW and women’s mental health.

Read more about MHW and women’s mental health.

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