DUBLIN, Ireland - A study conducted by the National Womens Council of Ireland (NWCI) has revealed that Ireland has the highest suicide rate for female children in Europe.
The womens council study, which details the specific mental health needs of women and girls, both men and women suffer from mental illness equally.
The study, findings of which are detailed in the 'Out of Silence' report, women have specific needs, experiences and contributory factors.
Based on interviews with 100 female patients at St Patricks University Hospital in Dublin, the study found that women are twice as likely to be affected by depression than men.
In the study, Dr Cliona Loughnane, NWCIs health co-ordinator and co-author of the report warned that the referendum on the Eighth Amendment and the Cervical Check scandal indicate that we need to start listening to what women want.
Dr Loughnane said, "They have a knowledge of the health service as they find it and of the supports that help them keep well that they feel can really be built into the health service. And I think that's what we need to start doing now. We need to put structures in place and the policies in place that react to what women say they need on the ground."