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Advocacy

29 November, 2019

Women's Mental Health Network highlights impact of gender-based violence on women's mental health

The impact of gender-based violence on women's mental health came under focus at a Women’s Mental Health Network (WMHN) held in St Patrick's University Hospital today.

The WMHN is a collaboration between St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) and the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), marking its third event since its launch in 2018 to coincide with the wordwide 16 Days of Action on Violence against Women campaign. 

The event heard from speakers Gillian Dennehy, Services Manager of Women’s Aid, and Felicity Kennedy, clinical supervisor and psychotherapist, as well as Ellen O'Malley Dunlop, Chair of the NWCI.

One in four women in Ireland have experienced physical and/or sexual violence, marking a profound effect on women’s mental health and wellbeing. Women who experience domestic violence are three times more likely to be affected by depression, anxiety or other acute mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, than other women.

Elaine Donnelly, Team Lead Social Worker with SPMHS, explained: 

Often we focus exclusively on physical forms of domestic violence and we know that it is much more than that. It is broader and much more nuanced and often the psychological impacts of domestic violence are much more impactful for victims and can have severe mental health consequences.

You can see photos from the event below, or find out more about it here.

Register to become a member of the WMHN at the link below

Register to become a member of the WMHN at the link below

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