Comment regarding new research showing that one in four 14-year-old girls show signs of depression, compared with one in 10 boys.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda, says: “New research showing that one in four girls have signs of depression is yet more evidence of an alarming trend of increasingly poor mental health among girls and young women.
“Young women are now the most at risk group for mental ill health with extremely high rates of self-harm and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Although the drivers of mental ill health are complicated we can’t ignore the fact that poor mental health among women and girls is often closely linked to physical and sexual abuse – and this needs to be addressed.
“To avert a growing crisis in women and girls’ mental health, the Government and health service need to take urgent action.
“We need to see investment in services in schools and in the community – and we must also ensure that the care and support women and girls receive takes into account their specific needs, particularly their experience of trauma.”
Find out more about Agenda’s Women in Mind campaign.