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Concern over mental health of young women

by on September 30, 2016

While not directly an issue that has currently been linked to issues at work, the UK press headlines this week have been highlighting recent statistics from NHS England.  These show that women age 16-24 are at far higher risk than men of the same age of a variety of mental health issues but also that these rates have increased significantly over recent years.

The numbers here are really alarming, both in general and to those of us with daughters in this demographic.  As the NHS data shows: “In 1993, 19 per cent of 16 to 24 year old women surveyed reported symptoms of CMD (a common mental disorder) compared to 8 per cent of 16 to 24 year old men. In 2014, CMD symptoms were almost three times as commonly reported by women of that age range (26 per cent) than men (9 per cent)“.

Much of the news coverage highlighted the impact on demand for support services in further and higher education but we need to look forward and consider the workplace too.   What type of support will they require as they enter the workplace and how can this best be provided?



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