Mental health is the number one reason people visit their GP. One in five Australians will experience an episode of mental ill-health in any one year.
Mental health disorder describes a wide range of disorders such as depression, anxiety, stress, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder and bipolar disorder. Each disorder varies in its severity.
There are a number mental health issues unique to women for example relating to reproductive health like postnatal depression, perimenopausal depression, and side effects associated with the different hormonal contraception options. While poor mental health can affect anyone, economical, social, political and environmental factors can lead to gender inequalities, negative life experiences and expectations that influence women’s mental health and access to healthcare.
The effect of mental illness can be severe on the individuals and families concerned. If you are concerned about your mental health or that of a family member, the first stop should be your doctor where you can find out which therapies and treatments are available.
While Women's Health Matters takes all care to ensure that the information provided is up to date, we provide this information on the assumption that people accessing it will take responsibility for assessing its relevance and accuracy. Women are encouraged to discuss their health needs with a health practitioner. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider or if you require urgent care you should go to the nearest Emergency Department.