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Mental health crisis: Don’t forget that young women are suffering too

Attention is increasingly being paid to mental health issues in young men. With that comes a risk we ignore 50 per cent of the problem

By Mark Brown  

In 2018, there will be more discussion of mental illness than ever before. The mental health of young people is worsening—prevention and treatment are failing to keep pace. 10 per cent of young people aged 5-16 now have a clinically diagnosable mental health condition, according to Public Health England.

A fairly mainstream argument, but one that has most taken root on the “alt-right,” is that young men are most at risk in the modern world because suicide rates are higher for young men than young women. In the UK in 2015,…

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