Wera Hobhouse MP: To mark International Women’s Day parliament should to enshrine a mother’s right to mental health checks into legislation
We have posted photos, archive's items, visits, workshops, interventions, co-delivered and co-planned activity to raise awareness about mental health & women. Still, Women's day should not just be celebrated for only one day; if we are aiming at an equal society, we need change. All those who identify as Women still suffer enormous disadvantages in this and past society & culture, and since the beginning of our project, we have researched & shared first-hand experiences how women were treated, considered, judged and oppressed in mental health hospitals, and by past and current psychiatry.
Looking at the Case Book from the early 20th century, an admission patient's record, you can read on what ground, female patients were admitted to mental health hospitals. A woman (name & details can't be revealed for privacy) was admitted to a mental health hospital after husband's call due to her depression. This woman had three children, three stillbirths and several miscarriages. I wonder why she was depressed?! What is our society doing now? Recently, an MP proposed a bill demanding that all mothers in the UK are given a six-week post-natal mental health check. We hope that it will pass, it will be mandatory, and it will further facilitate further needed support and speaking out about mental health.
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Liberal Democrat Commons Justice spokesperson Wera Hobhouse writes ahead of #InternationalWomensDay, a year on from introducing a Bill to make upskirting a specific offence, as she introduces a Bill demanding that all mothers in the UK are given a six-week post-natal mental health check. ... See more