City Opens Women's Only Centre for Mental Health

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), September 21, 2011 | Go to article overview

City Opens Women's Only Centre for Mental Health


Byline: Susan Lee

FOR many people it is still a taboo topic.

Yet latest research suggests that more women than ever are suffering from depression and are twice as likely to suffer from the illness as they were 40 years ago.

Now a new women's service has opened in Liverpool specifically for women experiencing mental health issues.

Based in Stoneycroft the Rosie Childs's Sunday service - named after a local survivor of sexual abuse - is the brainchild of mental health charity Imagine Independence.

"We knew there was a need for a women's only centre in the city and we knew that women with mental health issues often found weekends difficult; they often feel isolated and stay at home doing nothing," explains the director of operations for Imagine Independence, Elaine Mather.

What makes the centre unusual is that its offerings have been designed by women who have and do use traditional day services.

"These are women who have been there, seen it and done it and know exactly what other women in their situation need.

"That's why we like to say the service has the 'gorgeousness' factor. We want it to be somewhere where women enjoy going - so there'll be a range of complementary and beauty therapies of offer - but at the same time it will develop their skills and confidence, provide them with support and improve employment prospects," says Elaine. …

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