Over 80% of the women visiting My Sisters’ Place are experiencing mental health issues. All our programs share goals of promoting mental wellness and supporting women with mental health issues using a holistic approach.
Our organization understands the complex links between homelessness, mental health and addictions and My Sisters’ Place plays a key role in advocating for the unique needs of women.
Women’s Mental Health Facts:
- Women who have varying levels of mental health are more likely to experience violence. Canadian Women’s Foundation
- 83% of female psychiatric in-patients reported being physically and sexually abused by a male partner.
Firsten, An Exploration of the Role of Physical and Sexual Abuse for Psychiatrically Institutionalized Women, cited by the Ontario Women’s Directorate, 1990
- Depressive disorders account for close to 41.9% of the disability from neuropsychiatric disorders among women compared to 29.3% among men. (WHO 2017)
- Leading mental health problems of the older adults are depression, organic brain syndromes and dementias. A majority are women.(WHO 2017)
- An estimated 80% of 50 million people affected by violent conflicts, civil wars, disasters, and displacement are women and children.(WHO 2017)
- Lifetime prevalence rate of violence against women ranges from 16% to 50%.(WHO 2017)
- At least one in five women suffer rape or attempted rape in their lifetime.(WHO 2017)