National Women's Health Policy

Mental health

Page last updated: 07 February 2011

During the consultations and submissions, women again highlighted how depression, anxiety and other mental health issues affect many women. Social issues, especially poverty and inadequate housing, were highlighted as major contributors to mental issues.

Many focused on the need to see women’s mental health within the context of lower incomes, power in relationships, status in the workplace, greater caring responsibilities and experiences of harassment, violence and discrimination. The needs of some groups of women were particularly highlighted and these included young, perinatal, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and older women.

Participants said effective responses would need to better connect those services that exist in the delivery of support. Working on a holistic basis and providing more health promotion and education was also seen as essential.