An official NHS report found that nearly one in four young women between the ages of 17 and 19 in England are struggling with a mental illness. The report analyzed more than 9,000 young people, discovering that girls are twice as likely to have depression and anxiety as compared to boys. Dr. Bernadka Dubicka, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said that body image, exams, and the stress of social media are amongst the biggest causes of this alarming problem. Dr. Dubicka also pointed out how mental health struggles in young girls can affect their everyday life and prevent them from living life to the fullest. The NHS is working towards increasing funding for the treatment of young women with mental health disorders. Both NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care have expressed their commitment to improving girls’ mental health care.
For Further Reading
If you want to read the survey analyzing adolescents’ mental health in England you can check out the NHS website here.
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