The Judith Trust focuses much of its work on the role gender plays in mental ill-health.
Some facts about gender and mental health:
- Recorded rates of anxiety and depression are one and a half to two times higher in women than in men.
- One study showed that 57 per cent of those attending emergency departments for self-harm were women.
- Thirteen to fifteen per cent of new mothers experience postnatal depression.
- Women in custody have a high level of psychological disturbance – 78 per cent, compared with 15 per cent in women in the general adult female population.
- Nearly two-thirds of women on remand have a diagnosis of depression. More than 40 per cent have attempted suicide before entering prison. More than twice as many have an eating disorder compared with women in the general population.
- One in four women will experience intimate partner (domestic) violence (IPV) in their lifetime.
- Depression affects nearly half of women exposed to IPV, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects almost two-thirds.
- Ninety per cent of the 1.6 million people in the UK who have an eating disorder are female.