Women’s mental health prioritised

The final report of the 2017 Women’s Mental Health Taskforce calls on the Government and NHS to improve their response to women’s health issues. The Taskforce, set up in recognition that women are experiencing deteriorating mental health failing support services, was led by the Minister for Mental Health, Inequalities and Suicide Prevention and the women’s charity Agenda (https://weareagenda.org). It made six recommendations for the Department for Health and Social Care and its arm length bodies:

  • clearly consider women’s needs in all future mental health policy development
  • improve trauma-informed care
  • support routine enquiry about violence and abuse in future policy development
  • use the principles of the taskforce to inform service design and delivery for women’s mental health
  • recognise that women’s identities, and often their roles as mothers and carers, are important in individual treatment and in-service planning
  • ensure the safety of women in residential mental health care by ending breaches of single-sex wards, and improving practice and reporting processes around sexual harassment and sexual violence
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