Search Resources (English): Gender and mental health

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The international consensus statement on women’s mental health

Created in March 2004 at the Second World Congress on Women’s Mental Health in Washington, this consensus statement (which describes the issues and provides recommendations) was approved by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association by December 2004 and then rapidly approved by a number of national and international mental health associations, NGOs and individuals.


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Published: February 2006
Gender and women’s mental health

Provides an overview of gender disparities and mental health, gender specific risk factors, gender bias and women’s mental health.

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Looking beyond labels

This article highlights two new and controversial psychiatric classifications.  Discuses the adverse effects these new classifications will have on the way in which women will be seen and treated by mental health professionals in both Canada and the U.S. 


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Published: 1988
Cracks in the therapy system

This article discusses the intricacies of feminist therapy. Introduces a network of feminist therapists working together in Saskatchewan. 

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Published: 1993
Women, mental health, mental illness and addiction in Canada: an overview (updated and revised edition) BackgrounderMentalhealth-updated.pdf

Originally published by CWHN in May 2006 prior to the tabling of the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology’s final report Out of the Shadows at Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness, and Addiction Services in Canada. Updated and revised report discusses why sex and gender matter in mental health and addictions and includes information and recommendations for the new Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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Published: Originally published May 8, 2006. Revised and Updated January 2008
The need for a gender-sensitive approach to the mental health of young Canadians

Illustrates the need to take gender and other intersecting forms of diversity into account to meet the needs of Canada’s young people by examining how mental health outcomes are affected by social and economic characteristics.

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Published: 2008