Celebrating International Women’s Day 2022

On Tuesday 8 March, the College celebrated International Women’s Day by producing a variety of content that was connected to this year’s theme: gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.

In a new podcast episode, Dr Katherine Kennet - the College's Social Prescribing Lead - discussed how climate change amplifies inequalities. She also talked about why women and girls, those with mental health issues, and those in poorer socio-economic groups are more likely to suffer the bigger impacts.

In a video interview, we spoke to Dr Helen Pinto - an addictions psychiatrist and environmental activist from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and Taking Action Together.

In the interview, she explained how climate change events make women more vulnerable and open to harassment and abuse. She also spoke about the remarkable women who are actively seeking to change these inequalities.

The College also held a Members’ webinar on the topic of 'A bruised mind, coercive control and women’s mental health’. The webinar featured two guest speakers:

  • Professor Jane Monckton-Smith, a Professor of Public Protection at the University of Gloucestershire, internationally renowned for her research into homicide, coercive control and stalking
  • Dr Philippa Greenfield, a consultant general adult psychiatrist with expertise in domestic violence and abuse.

Finally, Dr Claire Hilton – Historian in residence at RCPsych – published a blog post that celebrated the inspiring life of Dr Elizabeth Casson, a member of the College from 100 years ago.

The College works hard to fight gender inequalities and the Women and Mental Health Special Interest Group works to improve the mental health of women everywhere. To read more about our activity in this area, please see the Women page on our website.

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