#ChooseToChallenge this International Women’s Day 

Each year on 8 March groups come together to mark International Women's Day. Whether it's to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about women's equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity or fundraise for female-focused achievements - it is a globally recognised day.  

This year International Women's Day calls on us to #ChooseToChallenge. Whether it's challenging gendered stereotypes or biases, or celebrating women's achievements - when the world faces challenges head on it can bring about change and progress.  Supporting women to make informed decisions about their health, including their mental health, is a mission of 2021 International Women's Day.  

According to Beyond Blue, at least one in seven Australian women report experiencing an anxiety-related issue, while women also report higher rates of depression than men. There are a range of life factors which can impact a woman's mental health - from infertility, pregnancy, motherhood, and menopause to poverty, violence, unemployment or discrimination.  Recognising these distinct challenges, and the impact on women's health is key to improving women's mental health.  

Women are also more likely to be carers, with more than two-thirds of primary carers being women. Flourish Australia recognises the work of women in improving the lives of those with a lived experience of a mental health issue.  

Flourish Australia is committed to challenging bias and stereotypes that exist around women's mental health. We have a long-standing commitment to inclusion, non-discrimination, and gender equality.  

You can be part of International Women's Day #ChooseToChallenge campaign via social media or through one of the many events happening across Australia this week. Flourish Australia is hosting its own #ChooseToChallenge event with Sam Bloom, whose inspiring recovery story is behind the international best-selling book and now movie Penguin Bloom. 

Join our free virtual lunch on Wednesday 10 March at 1.00pm.  Sign up here.