‘I Am More Than One Thing’: A guiding paper by Imkaan

Positively UK and Rape Crisis England and Wales on women and mental health. This report builds on existing evidence to highlight women’s experiences of poor mental health and wellbeing and their interactions with the mental health system. Focusing on women’s mental wellbeing within the context of the effects of sexual violence, the report is also an assessment of different levels of social exclusion and marginalisation, that could be experienced by black and minority ethnic women and women affected by HIV. The findings from this report clearly demonstrate the need for and value of a consistent gender-specific approach in the commissioning and delivery of mental health services. In addition to providing information to national policy leads and health commissioners, the guiding paper will also be useful for women’s voluntary and community services in reviewing their own policies, practice and service delivery.

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