Examples of the projects include:
Clean Break – a women’s theatre organisation, which works in prisons and other communities across the UK.
New Day Singers – a women’s community choir in Yorkshire
The Survivors’ Forum – a safe online community providing peer support for women affected by domestic abuse, from the Women's Aid Federation of England.
The Ethiopian Women Empowerment Group (EWEG) which will provide peer support to address mental health problems in women affected by the Grenfell disaster. The project will predominantly work with Black, Minority Ethnic & Refugee (BAMER) women from Ethiopian, Moroccan, Egyptian, Eritrean, Somalian and Asian communities who are isolated as a result of language and other barriers, and who struggle to access mainstream services.
See a full list of successful projects here.
- Royal Colleague of Psychiatrists (2019) Public mental health: Evidence, practice and commissioning; The Advocacy Project (2019) Loneliness and social isolation; Henriksen et al. (2017) The role of self-esteem in the development of psychiatric problems: a three-year prospective study in a clinical sample of adolescents
*Research Reference: Mind worked alongside St George’s, University of London; The McPin Foundation; and London School of Economics to undertake a major piece of research into peer support in community settings. The project heard from over 750 people across nine areas of England and found that access to peer support improves people’s wellbeing and helps them manage their mental health problem.
Spokespeople and case studies are available for interview. Please contact Mind’s media team on 0208 522 1743 or email email@example.com and ask for Leah Parker-Turnock or Claire Bennett.
Agenda’s Women in Mind campaign is calling for women and girls’ mental health to be made a priority and action taken to ensure they get the support they need, when they need it.www.weareagenda.org/campaigns
Mind’s online resource ‘Making sense of peer support’ includes advice on where to find local peer support groups.
Notes to Editors:
About the Tampon Tax:
- The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.
- Mind and Agenda were awarded £1.8 m from the Tampon Tax Fund administered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which will benefit women experiencing multiple disadvantage – those with mental health problems, experiencing homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse, abuse and violence, offending, and family breakdown or a combination of these. Mind and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, will deliver the Women Side by Side programme.
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Agenda’s Women in Mind campaign is calling for women and girls’ mental health to be made a priority and action taken to ensure they get the support they need when they need it. www.agendalliance.org