Community Link – Roxanne’s story

Guest post by Penny Bennett – Community Link Manager Roxanne is a woman in her thirties who has been to prison several times. We are talking in the little room that Wish uses to meet women who have been referred to our services.  She has been recalled to prison for a few weeks for a…

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Gender Specific Advocacy and why it works

Guest post by Justine Howard, Wish Advocate working in the North West Wish gender specific advocacy service was developed in recognition that generic advocacy services are unable to meet the needs of many women. Women have told Wish that prior to receiving a gender specific service they have either not engaged or did not feel…

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Violence Against Women – what it means for mental health

Guest post by Jennifer Holly, Project Manager at AVA Violence against women and girls takes many forms. Most commonly we talk about domestic violence, but sexual violence including female genital mutilation, forced marriage, so-called ‘honour’ based violence, stalking and harassment, trafficking, prostitution and child sexual exploitation are also woefully common experiences for women and girls….

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What key issues did our focus groups identify?

To support the development of the Women’s Mental Health Network, Wish has held 5 focus groups with 30 women from diverse backgrounds and they have identified the following 10 areas that are key campaigning issues: 1. Prison There are very few women in prison who pose any risk to society. The majority of female prisoners…

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What will the Women’s Mental Health Network do?

Wish and other third sector organisations have spent years developing gender specific services that meet women’s needs. There is policy in place that directs statutory services to do the same, but the gender-specific recommendations are not followed through in practice. For women to have any hope of getting the support that they require, this has…

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Introducing the Women’s Mental Health Network

Setting up and launching the Women’s Mental Health Network has been a long term aim of Wish, and we are almost there!!! Wish, is the only national, user-led charity working with women with mental health needs in prison, hospital and the community. For 30 years we have been at the fore of providing long-term, gender-sensitive…

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