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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 reported to be 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 nor 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.

Programme for the session:

12:30-12:50: Registrations

12:50-13:00: Keynote Speech by Bob Wright, School Academic Lead for Enterprise and Innovation, School Academic Lead for Internationalisation, Programme Director for Global Healthcare, Edinburgh Napier University

13:00-13:10: Monika Śledziowska introducing the event and speakers, placing mental health in the context of gender based violence

13:10-13:45: Cultural aspects of Eating Disorders in Young People. Fiona Duffy, lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Consultant Clinical Psychologist in NHS Lothian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Eating Disorder Development Team.

13:45 - 14:00: Nina: The experience and recovery from Post Natal Depression

14:00 - 14:30: Narrative Therapy Workshop by Monika Śledziowska, PhD student in Neuroscience, University of Cardiff

14:30-14:45: Comfort Break

14:45- 16:00: Self Harm Awareness Presentation by Lucia Romeou-Somma, Peer Recovery Worker, Edinburgh Self Harm Project, Penumbra

16:00-16:30: Closing the event: Gon Asla, Head of Research and Innovation of First Aid Africa

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.

About Bob:

Bob retired from the Royal Air Force in 2009, following numerous operational, command, teaching and staff appointments in Europe, the Middle East and North America. He has held several posts within Edinburgh Napier University and is now the School Academic Lead for Enterprise and Innovation in the School of Health and Social Care.

About Lucia:

As for my “biography” maybe you can just say “Lucia has been working for the ESHP for the past 18months as a peer worker; using her personal experience of self harm and recovery to not only support people who self harm and their families but also to raise awareness and reduce stigma in the community.”

About the Edinburgh Self Harm Project:

The Edinburgh Self Harm Project was opened in 2005 to provide a non-judgmental, friendly and user-led support service for people aged 16+ who self harm. The service provides a confidential environment where people can talk about their concerns. The support offered enables people to cope with cisis by developing the skills and confidence needed to make positive life choices.

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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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