COPY-UAMS opens women's psychiatric unit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas for Medical Science is opening a new in-patient unit devoted to women with serious mental health issues that accompany pregnancy or giving birth.

The state's only medical school said Thursday the unit will have 10 beds and will open on March 8.

UAMS started a women's mental health program last year and has treated patients from across the state and nation.

A federal study shows that women are nearly twice as likely as men to suffer depression and three times as likely to attempt suicide.

Dr. G. Richard Smith directs the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute. He says the women's mental health program has helped women overcome "overwhelming" problems and the new unit will allow more specialized treatment.

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