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Mental Health

AT A GLANCE

Mental health is relevant to everyone; so why focus on women? There are many reasons.

There are mental health issues unique to women. For example, reproductive-related issues like postpartum depression.

There are mental health issues that affect both men and women, but with unique implications for women. Economic, political, and social forces influence women’s mental heath, and our access to care.

Often women are socialized to express their feelings in certain ways, and not others. This can result in their mental health problems looking different than men’s, which is often categorized by the medical field as “atypical.” For example, women who are depressed report more physical symptoms than men.

Women are more often the primary caregivers in families and can experience stress balancing their multiple roles: mother, employee, friend, etc. Consequently, while women may share many health concerns with men, they have unique health-care needs.

Our vision is to be Canada’s leading online mental health centre focused on women’s mental health. Our mission statement is to promote the empowerment and well-being of women by:

  • being a resource for up-to-date information on mental health
  • giving voice to women’s varied experiences
  • providing online mental health support
   

FEATURE ARTICLES

The mental health benefits of exercise
A good workout doesn’t just benefit your physical fitness. Exercise also has a positive effect on mental health, providing benefits that range from improving sleep to easing anxiety.

Self-care tools for managing stress
Because most people have some stress in their lives, everyone needs some basic stress-management tools. It may not be possible to avoid stress, but it is possible to give yourself the best opportunity to cope with it.

What is the difference between depression and being sad or unhappy? 
Depression is an illness, and is not the same thing as being sad or unhappy, although those feelings may be symptoms of depression. Dr. Simone Vigod, a psychiatrist at Women's College Hospital, explains the difference.

Women and opioid addiction 
The number of patients prescribed opioid pain medications has increased in recent years. Along with the increase in prescriptions, there has also been an increase in the number of people – including women – who become addicted to these medications.

Food for thought: eating behaviour, healthy habits and disordered eating 
Why people eat, and how they eat, often matters as much as what they eat. Learn about healthy eating behaviour, and warning signs of disordered eating.

What's the difference between 'baby blues' and postpartum depression? 
Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis, senior scientist at the Women’s College Research Institute and Shirley Brown Chair in Women’s Mental Health Research at Women’s College Hospital, discussing the difference between baby blues and postpartum depression.

> Read more articles on mental health and well-being

IN-DEPTH

Mental Health & Well-Being

Anxiety

Depression

Eating Disorders

Trauma

Addiction

Perinatal Mental Health

   

RESEARCH & NEWS

Use of newer antipsychotic drugs in pregnancy has minimal complication risks, WCH study suggests

Study finds pregnant women with bipolar disorder at increased risk for preterm birth

Research links length of maternity leave to lower risk of postpartum depression

> More News

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Featured Video
Personal Stories

Do you have a personal story to tell about your own mental health? Consider submitting it to Personal Stories to share your journey with others.

Beyond baby blues

Why am I so tired?

Mental illness - my story

> More stories


Discussion Groups

Share knowledge and talk about your health-related experiences with other women.

General Health Discussion Forum


Women's College Hospital Programs

Learn more about the following programs:

Reproductive Life Stages Program

Mental Health in Medicine & General Psychiatry

Trauma Therapy Program

Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women

Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP)

Child and Family Psychiatry Program

Art Therapy


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Mother Matters: Information about our online support group for new moms.

  • A publication of:
  • Women's College Hospital