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16 Days of Action - Mental Health Awareness Day at Edinburgh Napier

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Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus

9 Sighthill Court

Edinburgh

EH11 4BN

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"To that one soul reading this: I know you’re tired, you’re fed up, you’re close to breaking, but there’s strength within you, even when you feel weak. Keep fighting."

Women are disproportionately affected by most common mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety. Gender based violence and socioeconomic disadvantage are likely to contribute to increased prevalence of these problems in women. Only 2 out of 5 people suffering from these common disorders seek assistance in their first year of illness. And most of those are neither identified or treated by a doctor. Social stigma associated with these problems is likely a contributing factor to low treatment rate.

Mental Health Awareness Day aims to stimulate discussion around the gender bias in mental health disorder prevalence and increase the visibility of the problem.

Our fellow comrade, Monika Śledziowska, has come forward to bring together individuals and groups to hold an interactive workshop themed on postnatal depression as well as self-harm and suicide in young people. The workshop will include group discussions and the participants will be invited to share their stories and experiences around mental health. There will be a series of talks, film screenings, and a Changing Perceptions workshop at the end to design solutions.

Venue: Room no. 3.D.04, Sighthill Campus, Edinburgh Napier University.

About Monika:

Monika is currently a PhD student in neuroscience at Cardiff University. She hails from Poland, a patriarchal society, where women’s rights are still limited. In the past, she has volunteered for a charity organisation based in Poland, providing medical equipment for hospitals. After moving to the UK, she has obtained a BSc degree in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. During her time in Edinburgh, she worked with an undergraduate research group on a project concerned with gender bias in perception of academic research. At the moment, in addition to her PhD, she is volunteering for First Aid Africa, teaching first aid and supporting the research division of the charity. The message behind 16 Days deeply resonates with Monika and she hopes to help make it a success.

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We are the Edinburgh chapter of the United Nation's annual 16 days of action against gender-based violence (November 25 - December 10). But more than that, this is where women from around the world share their experiences, opinions, talent, and knowledge.

Importantly, not only women's voices will be featured. Also spotlighted are the voices of men and organisations that ally with women in the fight against gender inequality and gender-based violence.

To learn more about and engage with these women and allies, please explore our website at http://16days.org.uk/

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