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Women experience mental illness in significantly different ways than men. Understanding these differences is essential knowledge for today’s healthcare professionals who are the first line of support for women with mental illness.

Women in Mind brings together leading researchers and practitioners for one of Canada’s only academic conferences devoted to women’s mental health. Health professionals and students are encouraged to spend the day with us exploring ‘must know’ information about women’s mental health from both medical and social perspectives.

While the knowledge of healthcare professionals plays key role in addressing women’s mental health issues, it is also immensely important for women themselves to understand how to take care of their mental health and when to seek help. That’s why Women in Mind also features the ‘Girlfriend’s Guide’ series of public education events. Each year, ‘Girlfriend’s Guide’ explores a different mental health topic and provides women with mental wellness tips to help them take care of themselves and the friends, sisters, mothers, and daughters in their lives.

At Girlfriend’s Guide to Mental Health: Violence in Relationships, Attiya Khan shared her personal journey from being a teenager in an abusive relationship, to an advocate for domestic violence survivors and a survivor who is prepared to help her former abuser. Attiya is the heart, soul and voice of the upcoming documentary film, A Better Man watch the trailer here. Attiya’s story helped build understanding of the impacts of abuse and actions we may take to end violence against women. Attiya was joined by Dr. Donna Stewart who shared information on how to recognize when someone is experiencing abuse or at risk of being abused and how to help them.

During their reproductive years, women are twice as likely to experience a depressive episode.

Eating disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma and addictions are manifested differently in women compared to men.

Certain mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, are more prevalent in women than in men.

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