Women's mental health: Tailoring support to fit around women's lives

Factors from hormones to family life can all impact on women’s mental health. How can innovation help to shift their care from one-size-fits all to gender-informed?

In the UK, one in five women live with a common mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression, compared to one in eight men4v. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from anxiety disorders , and
rates of self-harm in young women (aged 16-24) rose dramatically between 2000 and 20143. However, it is also clear that women are more likely than men to open up about their feelings, and seek psychological
support for mental health difficulties.


The future of women's mental health

As we’ve seen, there is enormous potential for research and development in women’s mental health care, in both medical and consumer markets.

Existing and emerging solutions – from nutritional supplements to AI and virtual reality – have a place in this diverse sector, but innovation and a gender-informed approach are vital to creating solutions across the broad spectrum of women’s mental health challenges.

Here at Sagentia Innovation we’re talking to, and working with, clients exploring how they can better understand the challenges in the women's health market and develop innovative solutions to address them. From researching the landscape for new trends or start-up partners, to demonstrating how physiological changes in device development could be a game-changer in female wellbeing, we’re excited about what the future holds for this space and proud to be driving the conversation.

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