International Women’s Day 2023 takes place today, Wednesday 8th March. This annual global campaign celebrates the achievements of women in politics, society and culture.

The theme this year is #EmbraceEquity, which aims to foster a gender-equal world, free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination – a world that’s diverse, equitable and inclusive, where difference is valued and celebrated.

International Women’s Day offers the perfect opportunity to think about the diversity of women’s lived experiences and the specific mental health challenges they deal with every day.

It is important to remember that mental ill health, of any kind, can affect all of us, impacting things at home and at work. Nobody is immune. While around one in four of us will experience it during our lives, some conditions are more common among women, from PTSD and depression to eating disorders and self-harm.

According to research conducted by MindWise, 10% of women in Northern Ireland will experience mental ill health during pregnancy or after giving birth.

But there are steps that you can take to improve your mental health and strike a healthy work-life balance. Check out our women’s wellbeing tips here.