By On May 12th, 2009

Underserved needs of women related to mental health…

A report recently issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services addresses the underserved needs of women related to mental health. Gender does, in fact, play a major role in an individual’s mental health. For instance, the HHS report relays that women are almost twice as likely as men to suffer from major depression. These numbers are not new; however, what is new is the focus on women’s mental health. Previous governmental efforts have brought mental health in general to the forefront of public awareness and policy but have largely overlooked the specific needs of women. According to Wanda Jones, Dr.P.H. and health scientist director of the OWH, women’s needs in mental health are generally underplayed.

The new report from the HHS underscores the importance of primary care doctor and mental health professional interface, the need for greater understanding about the role that gender plays in mental health, and a concern for women’s mental health and well-being in general. Click here to read an article from CNN.com that discusses the issues more.

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