BMA report

Women's mental health

We explain why policies, services and practices need to be gender informed, co-designed by women, and underpinned by clear leadership and accountability.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Monday 7 September 2020
Topics: Population health
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What you will get from this report

  • The characteristics of gender sensitive services.
  • Current trends in women’s mental health in the UK.
  • Implications and future solutions for policy makers and practitioners.


Key findings

  • Women and girls have distinct and specific needs and, therefore, policies, services and practice need to be gender-informed.
  • Clear leadership and accountability is required to ensure gender sensitive policy and provision.
  • Data collection and reporting should take account of differences between women and men and include gender as a standard variable.
  • Policies, services and therapeutic options should be co-designed with women with experience of poor mental health.


  • Introduction and background
  • Mental health in women in the UK today
  • Service implications of increasing mental ill health
  • Future solutions
  • Implications for policy makers and practitioners
  • Conclusions