World Mental Health Day will be marked on 10th October and on Thursday 3rd October, Southend West MP Sir David Amess spoke in the House of Commons on the subject of women’s mental health.
The prevalence of mental ill-health is similar for men and women in the UK, but reports indicate that greater caring responsibilities and a higher risk of domestic violence mean that women are more likely than men to experience anxiety, depression and eating disorders.
During his 15-minute speech, Sir David praised two local residents – Kelly Swain and Carla Cressy – who provide valuable support to people who are struggling with mental ill-health. In particular, he thanked Kelly and Carla for “pulling down barriers and removing any stigmas around mental health.”
At the end of his speech, Sir David stated that “we must work tirelessly to support women throughout the UK who are suffering from mental illness.”