Women's Mental Health

By Corinne Knowles


While some parts of society treat mentally ill women as if they are different, research shows they can be helped by going to a psychiatrist, psychologist, or if it gets very bad, visit a mental hospital.


  • IU study: 'Backbone' of mental illness stigma common in 16 countries studied- Mental Health Weekly Digest
  • Postpartum depression: One mom's mission becomes a movement-CNN Wire Kelly Wallace
  • Girl Scouts Engage in the Fight Against Mental Illness Stigma with Mental Health Awareness Patch- Mental Health Weekly Digest

Positions, Supporting Details, and Analysis

  • IU study: 'Backbone'
    - Position; 16 different countries are researching and learning about mental illnesses in order to help women with this mental illness stigma.
    -Supporting Detail; "An international study found that despite widespread acceptance that mental illness is a disease that can effectively treated, a common "backbone" of prejudice exists that unfairly paints people with conditions such as depression and schizophrenia as undesirable for close personal relationships and positions of authority."
    -Analysis; This article is stating that most people are taking this illness very seriously and learning more about it.
  • Postpartum depression,
    -Position; Many women with this illness can reach out and get the help they need.
    -Supporting Detail; "She reached out for help a month later, not because she thought she could get better if she got treatment; she just wanted the pain to go away."
    -Analysis- This article is stating that most women believe that they cannot get better, but if you reach out for help, you will get what you need.
  • Girl Scouts Engage in the Fight Against Mental Illness
    -Position;Girl scouts are saving money to help women with mental illnesses. They are "fighting to create a change"; meaning that they are doing as much as they can so they can help these women. They are also earning badges.
    -Supporting Detail; "With the increase in youth bullying, suicide and drug use, Girl Scouts are actively fighting to create change. Through a program to educate and reduce the stigma of mental illness, Girl Scouts can earn a newly released patch for playing a positive role in their communities."
    -Analysis; This article is explaining that girl scouts are earning badges to help women with mental illnesses.

Acknowledge the opposition

  • "These women deserve to stay in mental hospitals"
    - Some women will go into mental hospitals but they will not stay in there longer than needed; once they get the help they need, they can leave.
  • "There is no way to treat these women"
    -Studies show that there are many ways to treat these women and they work very well.
  • "What if these women don't get better"
    - In some cases, these women don't get better but with the right medication and time, they can get better.
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