European parliament adopts ambitious strategy on gender equality in mental health

The European Parliament has adopted a report laying out a strategy for promoting gender equality in mental health and clinical trials, co-authored by Labour MEP Julie Ward.
  The report calls on the Commission and EU Member States to follow up on the EU Mental Health Compass and Joint Action Plan on Mental Health with a comprehensive strategy which emphasises a psychosocial approach to mental health, taking into account socio-economic and environmental factors.   Women are far more likely to experience anxiety and depression and face many more negative mental health determinants than men, such as the influence of media and online pressure, or gender-based violence. Men and boys, meanwhile, are more likely to commit suicide or experience drug and alcohol addiction. The report calls for gender to be put at the heart of any future European strategy, including a specific focus on vulnerable groups.   Excerpt from GEO News, to read the full article visit their website here.  

Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal response to stress or danger. At times it is helpful because it can help prepare the body for action, and it can improve performance in a range of situations.   Anxiety becomes a problem when it is experienced intensely and it persistently interferes with a person’s daily life.   Anxiety symptoms are extremely common – everybody experiences them from time to time. There are several conditions where anxiety is one of the main symptoms. Phobias, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder can all cause severe anxiety.   Download the Health Assured guide for Coping with Anxiety  

Depression

Depression is a serious clinical illness. Health professionals use the terms ‘depression’, ‘depressive illness’, or ‘clinical depression’ to refer to something very different from the common experience of feeling down, miserable, or fed up, for a short period of time.   The feeling of depression is much more powerful and unpleasant than the short episodes of unhappiness that we all experience from time to time. It goes on for much longer. It can last for months rather than days or weeks. Most people with depression will not have all the symptoms listed here, but most will have at least five or six.   For more information regarding mental health including Anxiety and Depression visit the online Health and Wellbeing Portal or call the number below.

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