Good mental health is an important part of a woman’s overall health. Just as physical fitness helps your body stay strong, mental fitness helps you maintain a state of good mental health. Mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. It’s a state of well-being.
Last year, Mental Health Week (MHW) shone a light on youth mental health. This year, the mental health of women takes the spotlight.
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.