Women and health

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 This can have devastating consequences for women and girls, as shown by previously unpublished figures on self-inflicted deaths outlined in this report.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.

Become a FREE member of the Women’s Resource Centre now!

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Staying Afloat Together programme coming up at Linskill Centre

Find a way back from domestic abuse, feel better about yourself and get more out of life. Seven group sessions at the Linskill Centre for women exploring themes such as resilience, inner strength, self-belief, self-care, managing feelings and realistic optimism. There’s also three one-to-one coaching sessions and an away day at the end of the course for women and their children. Free crèche. Booking essential. If you would like to know more or book a place on the course contact Jill at Barnardo’s 0191 212 0237

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