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Mental Health and Work: What’s Gender Got to Do with It?

March 7, 2017 @ 08:30 - 12:30

- Free

Mental ill-health and related issues are major barriers to employment: a third of people with mild to moderate mental health problems and two thirds of people with severe mental health problems are unemployed.

Developing effective approaches to address this requires a better understanding of the role gender plays. For example, suicide is the leading cause of death among men aged under 35, and unemployment could be a significant factor. How might masculine stereotypes that men should be self-sufficient and providers feed this trend? And women are both more likely to experience anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and be unemployed and economically inactive. In what ways does gendered disadvantage and violence limit women’s opportunities?

Join Renaisi and a panel of experts and practitioners to shed more light on this important issue. Together, we will explore the influence gender stereotypes and norms have on women’s and men’s mental health and working lives. Speakers will share examples and insights on how innovative, gender-sensitive, joined-up approaches can help more people with mental health issues to benefit from sustainable, rewarding employment.

The event is aimed at employment and mental health service providers, practitioners, commissioners and policy makers who want to explore new ways of supporting people’s wellbeing.

Speakers include:

  • Yvonne Roberts, The Observer
  • Alice Boyle, The Luminary Bakery
  • Katharine Sacks-Jones, Agenda
  • Laura Busfield, Renaisi
  • Leslie Mitchell, Working With Men
  • Rebecca Collins, The GREAT Initiative
  • Tessa Horvath, Renaisi

The event is free to attend, and refreshments will be provided. These include a selection of delicious cakes and cookies provided by The Luminary Bakery, which supports vulnerable women into work. Breakfast, networking and registration will be available from 8.30am.

To attend, register here or RSVP to Fabiolla Lorusso at [email protected]


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