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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group

Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group

Working to improve the mental health of women, everywhere

Welcome! We’re a group of psychiatrists of all genders, with the following four objectives:

  1. To function as a network for the dissemination of ideas, knowledge, service development and experience to improve the provision of mental health services for women.
  2. To engage the public in dialogues, debates and discussions about social and cultural issues relevant to women’s mental health, both in the UK & elsewhere.
  3. To contribute to a public women’s mental health agenda, raising awareness of women’s mental health issues, reducing stigma, improving access to support and contributing to solutions and positive socio-cultural change in the UK & elsewhere.
  4. To support women psychiatrists’ working lives, including career development within management and academia.

We aim to achieve the above via coordinated website activity combined with regular social events, open to the public, where we debate and discuss challenges to women’s mental health with notable women in the public eye, bringing together the wisdom of lived experience with professional expertise. In addition, we host educational events for psychiatrists and other health professionals.

Latest News and Events

  • Women in Mind
    Our first 'Women in Mind' networking event will be on the 19th May, 6.15 - 8pm, at the Institute of Psychiatry in Camberwell, South London.  We're delighted to have Dr Clare Gerada joining us for an interview, with audience Q&A followed by networking. We'll have drinks and nibbles at the venue.
    There'll be a charge of £5 on the door but places are limited so must be reserved in advance.
    Thursday 2 June, 6pm
    Institute of Psychiatry

Further details and agenda to follow.


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