Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, launched a new campaign this weekend calling for better recognition and support for the mental health of the most excluded women and girls.
The #womeninmind campaign launches with the results of a Freedom of Information request revealing that the vast majority of mental health trusts don’t have strategies recognising women’s specific mental health needs, and many aren’t even asking patients about whether they’ve experienced abuse.
Agenda is highlighting the risks to female patients from a lack of gender-awareness in mental health. Men and women face different mental health problems, expressed in different ways and rooted in different gendered experiences.
Agenda is recommending:
- The soon to be appointed Mental Health Equalities Champion to have a focus on women’s mental health and champion a gender-focused approach across the treatment spectrum.
- A clinical lead for women’s mental health and a strategy in every local area, to take account of women’s needs. This includes the implementation of guidance on routine enquiry, the provision of gender-specific services, and including female patients in service design.
- Every female mental health patient to be asked about her experiences of abuse and violence as standard. This ‘routine enquiry’ should be accompanied by proper support for any abuse she has experienced.
For more details, visit Agenda’s website: http://weareagenda.org/women-in-mind/