Women & Mental Health – Staggering Statistics

It is okay, to not be okay!

More women are speaking about the devastating effects of living with mental health and the stigma that this brings.

Today, marks the 25th annual World Mental Health Day, with a powerful international effort brought across the globe to help bring awareness of mental health issues and encourage people to accept and speak out about their own experiences.

It is incredible that experts are saying that 1 in 6 people will experience mental health problems every week, with 10% of the British population showing signs of anxiety or depression.

Yet, with this incredible day and age that we are living in, with the rise in technology and social media, that the long portrayed stigma around mental health is slowly being washed away, as more and more people are rising up to the awareness and the challenges that are being faced daily whilst living with mental illness.

With such amazing campaigns being forced into mainstream that our governments and authorities are now starting to allow light to be shed on mental health and reaching out to those in need.

Campaigns such as Talking Heads which is backed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry - allowing the light of awareness, not only for our armed forces personnel, but also for the general public - regular people, like me and you.

Today, we see so many women, celebrities also who are stepping out and speaking about their own experiences of mental health and how it has impacted their own lives.

Diana, Princess of Wales opened the floodgates many years ago in Post Natal Depression and the implications that this brought to her family now following suit with other famous people such as Beyonce & the Duchess of Cambridge. 

Speaking out, are other women who have suffered with mental health, including Catherine Zeta Jones,, Miley Cyrus, Adele, Gloria Steinem, JK Rowling, Brook Shields and Charlotte Rampling to name but a few, who have all suffered from mental illness ranging from OCD, Anxiety, depression and postpartum mood disorders.

In numbers | Mental Health

One in six

UK people will experience a mental health problem each week

19,481 times

UK children contacting Childline with suicidal thoughts, in the year 2015/ 2016


Cuts to mental health trust budgets in England from 2011 to 2015


The rise in referrals to community mental health teams in England during the same period


Proportion of British people who meet the criteria for diagnosis of mixed anxiety & depression, according to most recent 2014 study


Beds for mental health patients that have been closed from 2011 to mid-2016 in England


Proportion of people referred to a talking therapy who have a three month wait between referral and treatment (England - May 2016)


Additional amount pledged by the government towards mental health by 2020/2021 - the same amount cut from the budget between 2010 and 2015

Sources: Mind, NHS, Young Minds, RCN

It has been portrayed for so long that only serviceman suffered with PTSD, yet today, more and more women and men from mainstream society are stepping forward and saying that they too have encountered PTSD.

Many women suffering PTSD from labour and childhood trauma, to accidents on the roads or at work.

Depression has no face!!

Also with the raise in awareness of mental health and the many many stories and articles of people with depression that you can not tell.

Common Signs Of Depression....

Having depression is like trying to swim up stream against the current, exhausted, pushing and getting no where!

Having suffered with clinical depression for more than most of my life, I know only too well the black hole of darkness that envelopes you, takes your energy, your self worth and your life.

Things to notice if you are wondering if you have depression....

  • Feelings of sadness, tearful, emptiness or hopelessness
  • Living in fear
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

Depression can range from mild to severe and cause all hosts of issues with having sick days from work, regular illnesses, lack of motivation for doing everyday things, having no fun side to you.

Having depression is a normal illness and it can be fixed.

There are a wide range of sources that can be accessed to help you overcome depression, myself, I had tried them all, counselling, CBT, psychotherapy, pills and potions, which can all help short term, but if you do no address the underlying cause, it can creep back up and get you again.

If This Is You....

If this is you, if you are struggling with Depression, Post Natal Depression or PTSD - reach out to me and I will personally help you.

We also have some great articles here on www.everychance.net on overcoming anxiety, stress and PTSD

You can reach me at jeani@everychance.net or my team at jeani@everychance.net

About the Author Jeani Howard

Jeani is an award winning therapist, healer, author and speaker. Jeani has on her own journey of healing overcome PTSD, clinical depression and agonising anxiety. A mother of 4 who suffered with birth trauma and pre and post natal depression, now prides herself on having worked with 1000's of adults, adolescents and women through pregnancy, labour and their transition into motherhood.

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