Women In Crisis: How Women And Girls Are Being Failed By The Mental Health Act

Agenda, August 2018

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 This can have devastating consequences for women and girls, as shown by previously unpublished figures on self-inflicted deaths outlined in this report.

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A consensus statement: Reproductive health is a public health issue

Public Health England, June 2018

Document intended to be the starting point to develop a 5-year cross sectoral action plan for reproductive health. Can also be used as a reference point for healthcare professionals to inform prioritisation and planning. An agreed statement between partners about a vision for reproductive health which is centred on the 6 pillars of reproductive health.

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What do women say?: Reproductive health is a public health issue

Public Health England, June 2018

Document intended to be the starting point to develop a 5-year cross sectoral action plan for reproductive health. Can also be used as a reference point for healthcare professionals to inform prioritisation and planning. Reports on the findings of a large survey of more than 7,000 women and focus groups around the country.

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Women and HIV Invisible No Longer: A national study of women’s experiences of HIV

Sophia Forum and Terence Higgins Trust, April 2018

Sophia Forum and Terence Higgins Trust one-year study aiming to explore the needs and experiences of women affected by HIV.  It finds:

  • Over half of women (58%) living with HIV in the UK have experienced violence in their lives
  • Almost half (45%) are living below the poverty line.
  • Almost one third (29%) have experienced violence or abuse while accessing healthcare services because of their HIV status.
  • Almost half (42%) have had mental health diagnoses since an HIV diagnosis.
  • One third (33%) feel they have an undiagnosed mental health issue.
  • Almost half (46%) would like support with managing their mental health but are unable to access it.
  • Over half (54%) said their HIV has affected their sex lives.
  • Two in five (42%) said their HIV impacted whether to have children, despite vertical transmission in the UK now being almost non-existent.
  • Almost half (42%) felt as though they were diagnosed late.
  • One third (29%) had no one to turn to for support straight after diagnosis.
  • Despite this, half of women living with HIV (49%) would describe their quality of life as ‘good’ or ‘very good’, while a further 38 per cent would call it ‘acceptable’.
  • In fact, one third (30%) of women living with HIV said their lives have improved since diagnosis, compared to under one quarter (23%) who said it has become worse.
  • One fifth (18%) said sexual health services were difficult to access, for reasons including distance between home and clinic, opening hours or lack of appointments. One in ten respondents said they would feel worried about judgemental staff when asking to take an HIV test.

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Young Mums Together: An evaluation of a peer support project to improve the wellbeing of young mothers and their families

Mental Health Foundation, March 2018

Report from the Mental Health Foundation on the feasibility and acceptability of peer support measured in terms of parental confidence, resilience, mental health and future prospects.  A key factor in the success of the project was the role of the facilitator and their ability to manage the interpersonal dynamics and consistent attendance and resource availability.

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While your back was turned: How mental health policymakers stopped paying attention to the specific needs of women and girls

The Mental Health Foundation, January 2018

This report from the Mental Health Foundation identifies that the mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. In last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis level. This report will:

  • identify pressure points and social determinants of mental health and wellbeing in young women and girls, to support the development of tailored mental health guidance aimed at preventing mental health problems for those at highest risk
  • improve the understanding of how to prevent mental health problems in young women by decision makers.

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Birth cohort trends in the global epidemiology of alcohol use and alcohol-related harms in men and women: systematic review and metaregression

BMJ Open, October 2016

Historically, alcohol use and related harms are more prevalent in men than in women. However, emerging evidence suggests the epidemiology of alcohol use is changing in younger cohorts. The current study aimed to systematically summarise published literature on birth cohort changes in male-to-female ratios in indicators of alcohol use and related harms.  The study finds that the gap between male and female use of alcohol is closing, particularly in young adults.

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