A new study has found that young women in Ireland have the highest levels of depression in all of Europe.
The study, which was conducted by Eurofound, revealed that 17 percent of women aged between 15 and 24-years-old are suffering from moderate to severe depression.
The current EU average is 9 percent.
Key factors leading to these concerning numbers include homelessness, eating disorders, cyberbullying and Ireland’s economic crisis.
The study states: “Young women are more likely to find themselves not in employment, education or training, and are significantly more likely to suffer depressive symptoms than young men."
The study also found that young women are more likely to internalise traumatic events and personal issues which is a major cause of depression. This can also lead to eating disorders and self-harm.
It is important to remember that there is help out there if you’re struggling with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or anorexia. There is never any shame in admitting that something is wrong. Seeking help from a doctor, counsellor or other medical professional is terrifying but internalising your problems will only make you feel worse.
See below for a list of mental health helplines in Ireland:
Aware (Depression & Bi-Polar Disorder)
1800 80 48 48
1800 247 247 (National Suicide Helpline)
01 623 5606
Grow (Mental Health Support and Recovery)
1890 474 474
1890 200 444