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11 Jan 2011

Poor mental health 'affects women'

Three out of five women and girls have experienced poor mental health, a new report has revealed.

A quarter of those affected also said they had taken at least a week off work on sick leave.

The research by Platform 51, formerly the YWCA, has led the charity to call for a review of the treatment offered to women experiencing low-level poor mental health.

Chief executive Penny Newman said a “dependency culture” meant doctors were too often handing out prescription drugs to treat mental health issues.

Of the women and girls aged 12 and over surveyed, 63% had experienced poor mental health and 32% of the women had taken anti-depressants.

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