Women and Mental Health

Women's mental health: what it means to you

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English
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The US Office on Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Washington DC

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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The madness of women: myth and experience

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Paper
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Jane Ussher
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Routledge
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

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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Paperback: 978-0-415-33928-5
Hardback: 978-0-415-33927-8
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Includes bibliographical references, 328 pages, paperback: $34.95, hardback: $80.00

Theoretical approaches to the study of reproductive mental health: a focus on intersectionality: Overview

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Reproductive and Sexual Mental Health research team of the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health
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2011
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

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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Includes bibliographical references

Mental health and gender (video)

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CIHR Institute of Gender and Health and Knowledge Translation Branch
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

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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Network/Le Réseau - Spring/Summer 2009

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Le Réseau/Network - Printemps/Ete 2009
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
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Online
Author: 
Ellen Reynolds
Edition: 
Volume11, Number 2
Publisher: 
Canadian Women’s Health Network
Publication Date: 
2009
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

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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ISSN: 1480 - 0039
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Contains bibliographical references. Table of contents: Editor's Note, Mind the (gender) gap…in Canada’s new mental health framework, Making the links: Violence, trauma and mental health,‘Trauma-informed’: Symposium examines trauma, addictions and mental health, Girls take action on mental health: Gender and the mental health of young Canadians, Understanding stigma through a gender lens, Who’s caring for the caregivers? Symposium focuses on the mental health of women health care workers, Naming ‘workplace bullying’, Women workers speak out, Bridging the gaps: Survey examines accessibility at women’s shelters, Shelley’s story, Helping women help themselves: Brief Psychotherapy Centre for Women stands the test of time, In her own words: A Real Deal, In her own words: How I dealt with grief and depression, In her own words: The Art Studios: An aid to recovery, Are there alternatives to drugs?, What we're reading

The international consensus statement on women’s mental health

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Donna E. Stewart
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Volume 5, Number 1, pages 61–64
Publisher: 
World Psychiatry
Publication Date: 
February 2006

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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Includes bibliographical references.

Women, mental health, mental illness and addiction in Canada: an overview (updated and revised edition)

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
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Online
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CWHN’s Ad Hoc Working Group on Women, Mental Health, Substance Use and Addictions
Edition: 
2nd edition
Publisher: 
Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
Originally published May 8, 2006. Revised and Updated January 2008
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

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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Includes bibliographical references.

Depression

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Donna Stewart
Enza Gucciardi
Sherry Grace
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BMC Women's Health
Publication Date: 
London, UK
Publication Place: 
2004

Examines depression among women across Canada and finds that this illness affects women almost twice as much as it does men. Finds that there are also differences in incidence among women according to income and education level, stage of life, where they live, whether they are single or married, and many other factors. (From Women's Health Surveillance Report: A Multidimensional Look at the Health of Canadian Women)

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Includes bibliographical references.

KISKÂYITAMAWIN MIYO-MAMITONECIKAN: urban Aboriginal women and mental health – policy brief

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
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Paper
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Carla Simon
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Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
Publication Date: 
June 2010
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg MB

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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KISKÂYITAMAWIN MIYO-MAMITONECIKAN: urban Aboriginal women and mental health

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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence (PWHCE)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Roberta Stout
Publisher: 
Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence
Publication Date: 
June 2010
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg MB

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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ISBN 978-1-897250-30-3
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Includes bibliographical references.
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