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Women 'need to look after their mental health'

Women 'need to look after their mental health'
6th February 2009

Women need to ensure they are taking measures to keep their mental health in check, claims one expert.

Alison Kerry, spokesperson for the mental health charity Mind, says females need to take time out of their days to have some much needed respite or they run the risk of having associated mental health problems.

"We also need to ensure that help and support is available to them should they need it," Ms Kerry continues.

Furthermore, she believes that "juggling demands" such as looking after others can deprive them of the time needed to care for themselves.

The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity in England survey found that nearly one in four people in England experience at least one psychiatric disorder and those affected are more likely to have a lower adjusted household income.

It also discovered that the proportion of women aged 16 to 64 suffering a common mental disorder increased from 19.1 per cent in 1993 to 21.5 per cent in 2007.

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