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Women of Colour and Mental Health

Part of WOW – Women of the World

How do gender and race affect mental health care, why do women of colour often go unheard, and how can we challenge stigma and change the status quo?

Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are experienced by women of colour at a higher rate than white women in the UK, according to NHS Digital’s 2017 statistics.

Women of colour face numerous barriers which mean they are affected disproportionately by mental health issues, worsened by the fact that professional services are not representative of the populations that are seeking help.

Consider how we can work to improve access to treatment and mental health policy with speakers including Sanah Ahsan, Zawe Ashton and Rianna Walcott.

Women of colour regularly face pressures linked to overt and covert racism, micro-aggressions and discrimination, and are often excluded from national conversations about issues linked to mental health.

Join us to discuss how we can create inclusive conversations about mental health in the mainstream, the importance of community spaces to talk about mental health, and more.

Sanah Ahsan is a spoken word poet, reporter and trainee psychologist.

Zawe Ashton is an actress, playwright and director.

Rianna Walcott is a scholar-activist, writer and musician. Rianna is the the co-founder of Project Myopia and the co-editor of The Colour of Madness

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


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Day passes are available for Friday and Saturday. Each day features a different line-up, so you can buy passes for both or attend just one.

This event is part of WOW Saturday Pass, which gives you access to a packed programme of talks, workshops and more across Southbank Centre all day.

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