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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.

Women in Mind series

'Women in Mind' is a series of events by the Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group, Royal College of Psychiatrists, in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, aiming to engage health professionals and the public in debate and discussion about challenges to women's mental health across the lifecycle.


The events are shaped around interviews with inspirational women on professional or personal experiences that have shaped their views on women's mental health, both in terms of difficulties and resilience.


Women in Mind - an interview with Dr Shami ChakrabartiUpcoming Women in Mind Event:







Media from the May 2016 Women in Mind Event:

Dr Clare GeradaDr Clare Gerada, MBE, former Chair of Royal College of General Practitioners, is a registered Medical Practitioner with an understanding of and experience in the provision of general practice, mental health and addiction services. She undertook her psychiatric training at the Maudsley and Bethlam Hospitals, 1986 - 1990.

Since 1991 Dr Gerada has worked as a Principal in General Practice though has maintained her interest and expertise in the addiction field. Dr Gerada writes, teaches and lectures widely on the subject of the role of general practitioners in the care of substance misusers. Since 1993 Dr Gerada has been the lead clinician for the Consultancy Liaison Addiction Service which provides support to general practitioners such that they are able to deliver effective care to drug users.

Dr Gerada has held a number of national roles, including, Senior Policy Advisor Department of Health, Drugs and Alcohol. Director of RCGP Substance Misuse Use Unit & was Chair of RCGP National Expert Group on Substance Misuse. In both of these roles, Dr Gerada provided national leadership in substance misuse, developing the RCGP Certificate in Substance Misuse and supporting the creation of shared care working across England.

Other positions have included Director Primary Care, National Clinical Governance Support Team, 2003 - 2006: responsible in part for developing Governments’ response to the Shipman Inquiry, Vice Chair RCGP 2007 - 2010 and Chair RCGP 2011 - 2013. Dr Gerada is currently Medical Director of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme, an award winning, free and confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists with issues relating to a mental or physical health concern or addiction problem, in particular where these might affect their work.

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