Women's Health Week:
Your Mental Health is Important for your Well-being!
Women are known for putting others needs before their own, but when it comes to your health, it's important to prioritise your own needs and speak up when you need support.
While good mental health is essential for the overall health of men and women alike, women experience things like depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and eating disorders at a higher rate than men do1.
Being sad is a normal reaction to when we experience difficult times in our life.This sadness for most of us will eventually go away. Depression is different though. According to Beyond Blue, depression will be experienced by 1 in 5 women, and 1 in 3 will experience anxiety at some point in their lives2.
Itâ€™s also not uncommon for women to experience anxiety or depression during their pregnancy and after the birth of a baby with 1 in 10 women experiencing depression during the first year after birth3.
There are certain types of depression that are unique to women- major life transitions such as pregnancy, motherhood and menopause can create physical and emotional stresses. Negative life experiences- infertility and perinatal loss, poverty, discrimination, violence, unemployment and isolation- also impact on womenâ€™s mental health and wellbeing. Unequal economic and social conditionals also contribute to womenâ€™s higher risk of depression1.
Itâ€™s important to understand these factors that can affect womenâ€™s mental health and recognising the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicide can help you recognise them in yourself and others.
There are a range of ways in which you can care for your mental health to improve quality of life for you and the people you love. There are effective treatments available and with the right care, most people recover. If you or someone you know is demonstrating symptoms of depression or anxiety, we are here to help.
To find out more about Women's Health Week, head to www.womenshealthweek.com.au