Today’s report considers how women’s roles as mothers and carers often influences their needs yet is rarely taken into account in the care they receive, for example little provision is often given to women in need to help them maintain relationships with their children and wider family.
It also looks at how many women who have been victims of violence and abuse often feel ‘retraumatised’ by their time in inpatient facilities, often because of contact with male staff members, while also looking at the multiple factors facing women such as experience of extensive violence, abusive, poverty or inequality, which can influence their own needs.
Other issues often affect women and girls more than men and boys – eating disorders are, for example, more common among women and girls than men and boys and young women and girls are more at risk of self-harm.
Though young men are still more likely to take their own lives than young women, the suicide for young women aged 20-24 is currently the highest on record.
Chief Executive of Agenda Katharine Sacks-Jones said: