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Mental Illness ‘More Likely’ In Women Who Suffer Domestic Abuse

New research has explored whether women who suffer domestic abuse are more likely to suffer from mental health problems in the future, as well as whether they have a history of mental illness.

The study by the University of Birmingham, and published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found that women who have suffered domestic abuse are almost three times as likely to develop mental illness.

However, the research also revealed that women who are in abusive relationships are also almost three times as likely to have a history of mental illness.

The researchers used data from UK GP surgeries between 1995 and 2017. They identified 18,547 women who had suffered domestic abuse, as reported by their GP, as well as a control group of 74,188 women of a similar age who did not have any experience of domestic abuse recorded.

Among the key findings are that the chances of developing anxiety doubles, while the likelihood of suffering from depression triples after domestic abuse, even when other factors that lead to mental illness are taken into consideration.

Dr Joht Singh Chandan, academic clinical fellow in public health at the University of Birmingham, said that there needs to be a “clear public health approach” to prevent violence and abuse against women.

“Considering how common domestic abuse is, it is important to understand how strongly the two are connected and consider whether there are possible opportunities to improve the lives of women affected by domestic abuse,” he stated.

Last year the Guardian reported on an Australian study which found that suffering domestic abuse led to lifelong physical health problems.

If you need a Leatherhead psychotherapist to help you cope with mental health problems that have been caused by domestic abuse, contact us today.

Employees ‘Not Comfortable Using Employer Mental Health Services’

Despite many companies providing access to mental health services for those working in the professional services, finance, banking and commerce sectors, many employees are reluctant to access this support.

Research carried out by Morgan McKinley revealed that three-quarters of the people surveyed wouldn’t feel comfortable seeking mental health support through a service that was provided by their employer, Accountancy Age reported.

This is despite 98 per cent of the people questioned stating that they believe mental health problems have a negative effect on their productivity at work.

In addition, one-third of employees weren’t aware of any support that their employer provided in this area, despite many doing so.

Speaking to the news provider, people director of Morgan McKinley Andrea Webb said: “The fundamental foundations are in place at many organisations, but more needs to be done to improve confidence around the discussion of mental health issues at work so individuals can get the help they require.”

Open discussion about mental health issues has certainly become easier in recent years. Earlier this month, Prince William opened up about his struggles with mental health pressures following the death of his mother and in his work as an air ambulance pilot. His comments were screened in a BBC documentary earlier this month.

Footballers Peter Crouch and Danny Rose, along with ex-professional footballers Thierry Henry, Jermaine Jenas and Gareth Southgate all joined William in discussing the mental health issues they’ve faced during their lives.

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