Women and health

Why the number of women dying from drug-related deaths is at a record high

In an article published by iNews, Katharine Sacks-Jones, Chief Executive of Agenda, and Ian Hamilton, lecturer in mental health at the University of York examine the latest ONS figures on drug-related deaths among women in 2017, calling for investment in women-specific services and a joined up approach to women’s substance misuse. 

First ever inter-professional guidance on adult safeguarding

UK’s first guidance has been launched on safeguarding to help nurses and other healthcare staff more effectively protect vulnerable adults. The document, published by a range of royal colleges and other professional organisations, sets out core competencies, skills and training that staff should have. Other forms of abuse it aims to counter are people trafficking and modern slavery, domestic abuse, and internet abuse, such as being as being the subject of non-consensual online pornography.

Women in Crisis: How women and girls are being failed by the Mental Health Act

This report sets out growing evidence that being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 can be detrimental to women and girls’ wellbeing, with little attention paid to their particular needs, including their experience of trauma. This can have devastating consequences for women and girls, as shown by previously unpublished figures on self-inflicted deaths outlined in this report. Women and girls are slightly less likely than men and boys to be detained under the Mental Health Act. In 2016/17, 21,291 women and girls and 22,716 men and boys were detained.

Appalling rates of self-inflicted deaths among women and girls

Women and girls detained under the Mental Health Act are taking their lives at “appalling” rates, according to a report from Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk. New figures, obtained by Agenda from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), show that women’s self-inflicted deaths overtook men’s for the first time in 2015 and did so again in 2016. Read the full report: Women in Crisis: How women and girls are being failed by the Mental Health Act. 

Register your interest: £1.3m women’s mental health peer support fund

Agenda and Mind are delighted to announce that they will be launching a £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme later this month. Registrations of interest are now open and the first webinars introducing the programme are taking place this week. The programme responds to the needs of disadvantaged women, particularly those experiencing multiple disadvantage, who are frequently under-represented in services.

 

Addressing unmet needs in women's health

In general, women and girls have greater health and social care requirements in comparison to men across their lifetime, although there are indications that health and social care services are not meeting their specific health needs. The BMA has a key role in ensuring that the health needs of the population are met. The BMA has published a series of papers in their Women's Health series, exploring in detail some of the major unmet needs in women's health, with recommendations for both policy-makers and healthcare practitioners.

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