Towards a gendered perspective for Irish mental health policy and service provision

Bergen , Michael and Wells, John S. G. and Owen, Sara (2013) Towards a gendered perspective for Irish mental health policy and service provision. Journal of Mental Health, 22 (4). pp. 350-360. ISSN 0963-8237

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/09638237.2012.714513

Abstract

Background: The Irish Government has adopted ‘Gender Mainstreaming’ as a strategy to promote equal opportunities between women and men in its National Development Plan. While current mental health policy addresses the principle of partnership and social inclusiveness as a way forward for mental health service provision, it still does not explicitly deal with the notion of gender and gender
sensitivity. Indeed, Irish mental health policy and service provision is criticised for being gender-neutral.
Aim: This paper explores the relationship between gender, mental health policy and service provision.
Method: The literature on theoretical perspectives on mental health policy, gender and mental health in relation to Irish mental health policy is reviewed.
Results: The importance of gender for policy development and service provision is recognised and the need to reformulate debate within a gendered context discussed.
Some key theoretical perspectives and their significance for mental health policy are considered with possible explanations for the absence of a gender perspective for Irish mental health policy presented.
Conclusion: Arguably, a move towards developing gender sensitive mental health policy and service provision requires a stronger awareness of and connections between
the macro, meso and micro levels for policy development and analysis.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Mental Health Policy, Service Provision, Gender
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:4816
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:30 Nov 2011 11:23
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 08:55

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