Women’s Mental Health: A Global Concern

The current state of mental health in women is a significant concern. Women are more likely than men to experience mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide for women.

There are several factors that contribute to the higher prevalence of mental health issues in women. One of the main drivers of female mental health issues is gender-based discrimination and violence, which can lead to trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression. Women in some societies also experience higher rates of poverty, social isolation, and lack of access to education and healthcare, which can all contribute to poor mental health outcomes.

Additionally, hormonal changes throughout a woman’s life, such as during pregnancy, postpartum, and menopause, can also impact mental health. For example, postpartum depression affects approximately 10-15% of women after giving birth.

It’s also worth noting that women are often expected to take on multiple roles and responsibilities, such as being a caregiver, working outside the home, and managing household tasks, which can lead to high levels of stress and burnout.

Overall, addressing the main drivers of female mental health issues will require a multi-faceted approach, including improving access to healthcare and mental health services, addressing gender-based violence and discrimination, and promoting policies that support women’s rights and well-being. It is important to prioritize the mental health of women and ensure that they have the resources and support they need to maintain good mental health.

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Kerryan Francis Witter, MSc.

Associate Wellness Coach | Associate Counselling Psychologist