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Still in the Shadows: Kirby report turns a blind eye to women
Published: Winter/Spring 2006
Women, mental health, mental illness and addiction in Canada: an overview (updated and revised edition)  
http://www.cwhn.ca/sites/default/files/PDF/CWHN BackgrounderMentalhealth-updated.pdf

Originally published by CWHN in May 2006 prior to the tabling of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology’s final report Out of the Shadows at Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Addiction Services in Canada. Updated and revised report discusses why sex and gender matter in mental health and addictions and includes information and recommendations for the new Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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Published: Originally published May 8, 2006. Revised and Updated January 2008
The international consensus statement on women’s mental health   
http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1472251

Created in March 2004 at the Second World Congress on Women’s Mental Health in Washington, this consensus statement (which describes the issues and provides recommendations) was approved by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association by December 2004 and then rapidly approved by a number of national and international mental health associations, NGOs and individuals.

 

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Published: February 2006
Network/Le Réseau - Spring/Summer 2009  
http://www.cwhn.ca/en/node/41604

This issue of Network focuses on why and how gender matters in mental health in Canada—a high priority for the Canadian Women’s Health Network and the Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health.

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Published: 2009
Mental health and gender (video)  
http://insidermedicine.com/archives/In_The_Spotlight_Adrianna_Mendrek_PhD_4992.aspx

Video on gender, sex and health research, with Adrianna Mendrek, Ph.D., discussing gender issues relating to mental health. Dr. Mendrek is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal and a Research Fellow at the Fernand-Seguin Research Centre in Montreal. Produced on-site and in celebration of the first Canadian national conference in gender, sex and health research – Innovations in Gender, Sex and Health Research – hosted by CIHR-IGH in Toronto, Ontario, November 22 & 23, 2010.

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Published: 2011
Theoretical approaches to the study of reproductive mental health: a focus on intersectionality: Overview  
http://www.socialinequities.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Reproductive-Mental-Health.Theoritical-Approaches.CI_.2011.pdf

A brief synposis of a literature review describing the current state of research and resources addressing reproductive mental health among marginalized women. Examines theoretical perspectives behind the research. Encompasses a total of 415 sources from both academic literature and reseach reports (grey literature). Taken together, these sources indicate a number of critical gaps in the literature addressing reproductive mental health, specifically with regards to marginalized groups of women.

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Published: 2011
The madness of women: myth and experience   
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415339285/

A book that explores a number of important, though often unasked questions: Why are women more likely to be diagnosed as mad than men? If madness is a gendered label, as many feminist critics would argue, how can we better understand and explain women's prolonged misery and distress? Can we prevent or treat this distress in a way that doesn't pathologize women? Presents a critical multifactorial analysis of women's madness that both addresses the notion that madness is a myth, and acknowledges the reality and causes of women's distress.

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Published: 2011
Women's mental health: what it means to you   
http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/OWH09-CONSUMER/OWH09-CONSUMER.pdf

A plain-language booklet that addresses the stigma associated with mental health, with information on the signs and symptoms of mental illness. Also provides suggestions for support and solutions for preventing and coping with mental illness

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Published: 2009
KISKÂYITAMAWIN MIYO-MAMITONECIKAN: urban Aboriginal women and mental health  
http://www.pwhce.ca/pdf/urbanAboriginalWomenMentalHealth.pdf

Reports on focus group discussions and personal interviews with 46 Aboriginal women in Winnipeg and Saskatoon with lived mental health experiences, Elders, front-line workers and a member of the mental health research community. Discusses key factors influencing Aboriginal women's mental health, how  Aboriginal women define mental health and well-being, community mental health resources, barriers to seeking out mental health programs and services, and Aboriginal women's mental health needs. Makes recommendations for policy and program development to better meet the mental health needs of Aboriginal women.

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Published: June 2010
KISKÂYITAMAWIN MIYO-MAMITONECIKAN: urban Aboriginal women and mental health – policy brief  
http://www.pwhce.ca/pdf/aboriginalWomensMentalHealth_PolicyBrief_Web.pdf

Summarizes for policy makers and program planners the key recommendations from the report KISKÂYITAMAWIN MIYO-MAMITONECIKAN: Urban Aboriginal Women and Mental Health. Describes recommendations for policy and program development to better meet the mental health needs of Aboriginal women.

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Published: June 2010