Young Women and Mental Illness

The BBC reported on September 30th that young women in the UK are three times more likely to suffer mental illness than young British men. Evidently, nearly a quarter of all young women in the UK between the ages of 18 and 24 have or will suffer from mental illness. Most of these women suffer with anxiety and depression.

Many are prescribed medication. Some get professional help. Some get neither and suffer in silence. Young women should seek help to address their issues and there should be appropriate treatment and support for them. Medication usually isn’t the long term solution and I feel a person should be offered a range of options and timescales to engage with those options. There’s no need for anyone to suffer from mental health issues when appropriate help is available.