Each May, Americans join together in observing Mental Health Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign whose purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses, the realities of living with these conditions, and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness.
On average, one in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. While these issues can affect individuals of all ages, women in particular are twice as likely to experience depression as men are, with over 12 million American women experiencing depression each year.
Many different factors are known to contribute to depression in women, such as developmental, reproductive, hormonal, and genetic and biological differences including premenstrual syndrome, childbirth, infertility and menopause. Social factors can also lead to higher rates of clinical depression among women, including stress from work, family responsibilities, the roles and expectations of women, and increased rates of sexual abuse and poverty.
Postpartum depression continues to be an issue that impacts the lives of millions of women and their families. On average, 10 to 15 percent of women report suffering from postpartum depression following the birth of a child, and 9 percent of women experience postpartum PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) following childbirth. While postpartum depression occurs most frequently within the first year after the birth of a child, it can continue to affect women for years after and develop into long-term depression.
Fortunately, women do not have to go through these mental health issues alone. Reports have shown that 80 percent of women with depression begin to feel better after being treated by a professional. Robins’ Nest Counseling & Wellness Centers are proud to offer both individual and group counseling to adults of all ages to help them develop a plan to address their concerns in a timely manner and ensure the best possible outcome for the future. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, we invite the community to join us in creating awareness of the resources available to peers and family members and assist those in need of extra support and guidance.