UK woman claims she was refused mental health treatment because she's 'too pretty'

Jade Rowlands.
Jade Rowlands. Photo credit: Facebook

A UK woman says mental health services turned down her requests for treatment because she was "too pretty".

Jade Rowlands, 31, has been requesting help since she was 18-years-old, after initially being diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

But the mother-of-one, from Caerphilly, Wales always felt something else was wrong.

Rowlands told WalesOnline she was eventually referred by her GP to mental health care services, where she received counselling and tried several antidepressants. 

But it was during her most-recent session last year where she said she was refused further treatment by the National Health Service (NHS).

"They [NHS] said they didn't feel I needed to see anyone because of my appearance - because of my nails, my hair and my make-up," Rowlands told WalesOnline.

"The way it came out was they told me I'm too pretty for help," said Rowlands, who's now receiving private treatment and is reaching out to support other people in her area.

Wales' Aneurin Bevan University Health Board has declined to comment on the case, UK media report.

"However, we would ask Ms Rowlands to make contact with us so that we are able to look into her concerns," a spokeswoman said.

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