Addressing gender gaps to advance women’s mental health


Integrated Health Outreach Inc. (IHO) hosts the “Advancing Women’s Mental Health” Programme in March.

This programme includes train-the-trainer workshops for mental health peer-supporters and women’s mental health advocates.

Through the workshops, women will learn easy and adaptable coping techniques that they can teach their peers. These are among several virtual workshops to be held throughout March.

The sessions seek to address mental health gender gaps by strengthening women’s capacity through the development of knowledge products, community outreach, education, de-stigmatisation, and capacity building.

The project is expected to better assist women in coping with issues of mental health exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

“The issue of mental health must always be at the forefront in our push for a better society,” says Nicola Bird, PhD, Executive Director of IHO. Further, Dr. Bird notes, “Mental health challenges are on the rise due to the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now more than ever, it is essential to equip practitioners with the relevant knowledge to assist their communities.”

To strengthen women’s mental health education, the programme will provide coping tools designed for Caribbean women that can live beyond the project’s lifetime for long-term benefit.

IHO will accomplish this through workshops for women, surveys on women’s mental health, social media promotions, videos to support training and dissemination of knowledge products.

The programme, which ends March 31, 2021, is funded by the Kaleidoscope Trust’s Commonwealth Equality Project (CEP) in collaboration with the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE).

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