Women make a positive difference at every level of the College. We celebrate this every year on International Women’s Day, highlighting some of the incredible achievements made by women.
We are proud of our history with many women in senior positions, including our first female president in 1939, Dr Helen Boyle.
At the College, we work to fight gender inequalities – examining why gender differences occur within the field of mental health. These differences occur particularly in the rates of common mental disorders - depression, anxiety and somatic complaints. Reducing the overrepresentation of women who are depressed would contribute significantly to lessening the global burden of disability caused by psychological disorders.
Though many mental illnesses seem to be gender-neutral, women often have different signs and symptoms, requiring different treatments and services to men.
At the College, we have a Special Interest Group for Women and Mental Health which works to improve the mental health of women everywhere. Throughout March 2021, they celebrated their 25th anniversary by highlighting the stories of 25 amazing women, who were members, fellows, affiliates or trainees.
On March 8, 2021 we highlighted International Women's Day to celebrate women's achievements, and by increasing visibility we are helping to create an equal world, which we believe is an enabled world.
If you have any questions about our gender equality work, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 25 Women project: stories and storytellers
Dr Beena Rajkumar discusses our 25 women and the courage they have shown to own their stories and to share them.Dr Beena Rajkumar
WMHSIG 25th anniversary reflections – Dr Ros Ramsay
Former WMHSIG Chair Dr Ros Ramsay reflects on her own life and the common challenges women have faced in the profession.Dr Ros Ramsay
The 25 Women project: linked journeys of medicine, psychiatry and life
Dr Jo Talbot Bowen introduces the latest five women that are featured in the 25 Women project.Dr Jo Talbot Bowen
The 25 Women project: identifying barriers and reducing stigma
Dr Julia Barber discusses the problems that cause women to be underrepresented in academia and practice and why diversity in our workforce remains inadequate.Dr Julia Barber
The 25 Women project: exemplifying intersectionality
Dr Ilaria Galizia and Dr Philippa Greenfield look at theme of 'intersectionality' that is reflected in the five featured women psychiatrists that feature in the second week of the 25 ...Dr Ilaria Galizia & Dr Philippa Greenfield
Launching the 25 Women project
Dr Ruth Reed, co-chair of the Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group introduces our new '25 Women project' which launches today.Dr Ruth Reed
WMHSIG 25th anniversary reflections – Dr Anne Cremona
Twenty-five years ago, Dr Anne Cremona founded what would become the Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group. She looks back at how the group came to be.Dr Anne Cremona
Onward and upward: exploring women's mental health on International Women's Day
WHMSIG Chairs Dr Beena Rajkumar and Dr Ruth Reed look back at a year of trials and triumphs for women's mental health.RCPsych Digital Team