Girls in crisis – patriarchy and mental illness

20 Feb

Woman As Subject

This week Kate Middleton has been in the news after becoming guest editor at the Huffington Post as part of their  new campaign Young Minds Matter to raise awareness of the importance of children’s emotional and psychological wellbeing in the UK. Whilst celebrity endorsements of causes close to my heart are always welcomed, her post fails to mention a significant aspect of the mental health crisis: that young girls and women are disproportionately affected by mental health problems. I work as a practitioner at CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) specialising in working with children and young people affected by domestic violence. I read a lot about how the government is apparently going to tackle this increasingly large problem, but a gendered analysis of the causes of the problem in the first place is seriously lacking. It is my belief that society and in particular patriarchy, is making young women ill and nobody is…

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