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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine - Barts and The London

#TimesUp Gender Inequality & Women’s Mental Health

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This event held on 5th November 2018 was hosted by Dr Georgina Hosang as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science.
The aim of the event was for a wide range of research users to engage with social science research concerned with the impact of gender based violence (e.g., domestic violence and human trafficking) and gender discrimination on women’s mental health. We also wanted to demonstrate how such research can be used in practice (e.g., clinical practice) and to influence policy.

The event consisted of presentations delivered by six diverse speakers addressing the issues of gender inequality and women’s mental health from a variety of perspectives with some discussion of how these issues might be addressed through policy, clinical practice and research that involves people with lived experiences of mental health problems and survivors of violence. See the presentations below to learn more. Several poster presentations were delivered during the break. Rethink and Women & Girls Network hosted stands providing information about the services they provide to delegates.

Talk summaries and copies of slides

Justyna Kucharska is a psychology lecturer at the University of Westminster, her research includes examining the impact of gender discrimination on women’s mental health often using cross-cultural perspectives.  Drawing on her expertise she reviewed the available literature concerned with the relationship between gender discrimination and women’s mental health and considered some of the methodological challenges of conducting such work. Download Justyna's slides here [PDF 432KB]

Laia Bécares (@inequalccsr) is a senior lecturer at the University of Sussex. Her research focuses on the determinants of health inequalities and how discrimination impacts on people’s health and social outcomes as well as that of their children. She presented data on the intersectionality of different types of discrimination (e.g. gender and racial discrimination) on women’s mental health. This presentation raised issues surrounding the importance of considering the complex and dynamic nature of discrimination. Download Laia's slides here [PDF 288KB]

Siân Oram (@sianoram) is a lecturer in Women’s Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s Colleague London. Her research is focused on interpersonal trauma, its intersection with gender and with institutional and societal structures, as well as its relationship with mental health. Siân presented the available research concerned with domestic violence and abuse as well as human trafficking on women’s mental health.  Issues surrounding the disclosure of these experiences to clinicians and other professionals were raised and discussed. Siân also introduced the UKRI-funded Violence Abuse and Mental Health Network, which she co-leads. The aim of the network is to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems by addressing associated violence and abuse. Download Siân's slides here [PDF 826KB]

Karen Newbigging (@NewbiggingKaren) is a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham. She has a broad range of research interests that centre in mental health including women’s mental health and gender equality. Karen presented approaches to developing and delivering mental health care that is gender specific and gender sensitive through service development and policy. Download Karen's slides here [PDF 1,890KB]

Rachel Rowan Olive (@rrowanolive) is a mental health service user/survivor, illustrator, writer, and graduate student at Birkbeck, University of London. She uses her lived experience of mental health and social policy to inform both her creative work and work with various UK universities where she consults on research projects and teaches. Rachel introduced the concept and importance of user-led or survivor research identifying the involvement of those with lived experiences at different stages of the research cycle. Download Rachel's slides here [PDF 614KB]

Angela Kennedy (@AngelaKennedy67) has worked in the NHS since 1990 with adults who have severe and enduring mental health issues. She is passionate about making services trauma informed and facilitating compassionate systems of leadership. Angela outlined the principles of trauma informed mental health care and its benefits.  She presented findings and learning points from several projects that evaluated the efficacy of trauma informed approaches in different settings. Download Angela's slides here [PDF 400KB]

Poster Presentations

  • Siân Oram and Emma Yapp: Violence Abuse and Mental Health Network view the poster here [PDF 194KB]
  • Kylee Trevillion and Jill Domoney: Fathers’ experience of engagement in a perinatal programme to reduce violence. An evaluation of 'For Baby's sake' programme. Link to the website here 


  • All the speakers and contributors
  • All staff involved with organising and hosting the event at Queen Mary, University of London
  • This event was funded by the ESRC

Further discussions on this area:

Hosang, GM & Bhui, KS. (2018). Gender discrimination, victimisation and women’s mental health. British Journal of Psychiatry, 213 (6), 682-684