Support for women in mental health services must be better
JUNE 7, 2018
Katharine Sacks-Jones – Chief Executive, Agenda
Why are girls so much more likely to be restrained than boys? The nature of mental health issues and the application of restraint in hospitals shows that we need a gender-specific approach to care.
Women and substance use – the links with violence and abuse
May 17, 2018
Lisa Jones – Communications & Campaigns Manager, Agenda
Addiction among women and girls is often inextricably linked to experiences of violence and abuse. When appropriate support is not easily available, women living with trauma use drugs and alcohol to cope.
100 years on, why we’re still fighting for equality
February 6, 2018
Katharine Sacks-Jones – Director, Agenda
Exactly a century ago today, the Representation of the People Act went through Parliament, adding the voices of 8.5 million women to the political conversation. It was a watershed moment – and one that as 21st century women we will never take for granted.
Story – Molly’s moving on
November 24, 2017
Molly, Solace Women’s Aid
Earlier this year I was raped by an ex-partner, I reported it to the police and they investigated and decided not to go ahead and take it to court. During the investigation he was under bail conditions after his arrest to not contact me, now he is legally able to contact me.
Having a women’s space is liberating
JUNE 25, 2017
Cristina, student social worker
From a really young age I have been told I am caring and I always tried to solve things. People would come to me with their problems and you realise as you get older, you get wiser, you realise there’s a role for you in this. I did lots of volunteering at drug and alcohol and rehabilitation services and things like that, and I thought, I can see myself doing this as a job.
Need to increase support for women at risk to break out of justice loop
NOVEMBER 25, 2016
Liz Hogarth, Agenda steering group member
Ten years ago, the Corston Review was initiated amidst a growing sense of outrage at increasing numbers of women dying in custody. External pressure grew following a series of inquests into six deaths in custody in HMP Styal in Wilmslow within a 13 month period.
The links between abuse and women’s mental health can’t be ignored
NOVEMBER 25, 2016
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director, Agenda
Today is the international day for the elimination of violence against women. A sad reminder of how common violence against women still is around the world and here in the UK. Research for Agenda, Hidden Hurt, identified a group of women who suffer the most extensive abuse.
Don’t let young women involved in crime remain the “forgotten few”
NOVEMBER 1, 2016
Max Rutherford, Criminal Justice Programme Manager at Barrow Cadbury Trust
Last week, an influential group of cross-party MPs published a “landmark and visionary” report calling for “step change” in the way young adults are managed throughout the criminal justice system. The recommendations, if implemented and pursued by government, mean that young adults would be dealt with as distinct from children and older adults from the point of charging, through the court process and also in prisons. The Justice Select Committee Inquiry on Young Adult Offenders concluded that an approach that takes account of the maturity of young adults would result in fewer victims of crime and less cost.
The growing concern over girls and young women’s mental health
October 24, 2016
Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive at the Centre for Mental Health
The recently published government survey of adult mental health and wellbeing in England  brought into sharp focus a growing concern about the mental health of teenage girls and young women. The Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey is conducted every seven years and is the biggest and most reliable survey of the mental health of the adult population of England. The 2014 survey showed a pronounced increase in rates of poor mental health among women aged 16-24, with some 28% having a mental health problem of any kind, nearly 20% disclosing self-harm and more than 12% showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Keeping Women in Mind on World Mental Health Day
OCTOBER 10, 2016
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda
The most basic thing that any of us would wish, when struggling with mental ill-health, is for treatment which reflects our needs. We would want care which is relevant to our experiences, which recognises us as people, and which holds out hope of good mental health, whatever that looks like for us. For women, though, mental health services too often aren’t considering their specific needs.
The vital role of the VCS in gender-specific mental health provision
September 28, 2016
Dania Hanif, Policy and Communications Officer, Mental Health Provider’s Forum
Mental health problems are extensive but often hidden, with one in four adults experiencing a diagnosable mental health problem in any one year representing the largest single cause of disability in the UK. Women have higher rates of depression and are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders than men, with the most excluded women and girls, such as those who have experienced extensive abuse and whose lives have spiralled off-course, being particularly vulnerable to mental ill-health.
The importance of gender-specific mental health services
SEPTEMBER 27, 2016
Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations at Mind
Recently I heard from the team that run Drayton Park Women’s Crisis House in North London about the service they run for women who have an urgent mental health need. Like many crisis houses it provides a safe space to recover, avoiding a longer and more disruptive stay in hospital. Unlike many others – in fact unlike most other crisis house in the country – it is a women-only service. And because of that, it is able to offer something really quite different and transformative for the 12 women there at any time.