Young women fill psychiatric wards

Mangaliso Kabulika

THE number of young women aged 16 to 25 years seeking psychiatric care for drug abuse-related illnesses is a growing concern, according to a health practitioner. 

The demographic represents 60percent of patients with such conditions. 

Health practitioner, Violet Badze, called for awareness and support systems to address the issue, citing underlying causes such as societal pressures and mental health issues. “Understanding the root causes is crucial to developing effective prevention and treatment strategies,” Badze said, adding for the need to prioritise tailored mental health education and resources for young women.

“The rising number of young women seeking psychiatric care due to drug-related illnesses are disheartening and demands urgent attention from policymakers, healthcare providers and society as a whole.

“It is imperative that concerted efforts are made to address this issue and ensure the emotional well-being of our youth.

“Understanding the root causes is crucial to developing effective prevention and treatment strategies.

“We need to prioritise mental health education and resources specifically tailored to the needs of young women.

 “By empowering them with knowledge, support, and accessible treatment options, we can help them overcome these challenges and lead healthier lives,” she said.

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