Gender, Social Inequity and Mental Health Resources

This emerging field of study is influenced by diverse researchers and research concerns related to gender, social inequities, and mental health.

Here is a list of resources our researchers have found influential or challenging. Please email info@socialinequities.ca if there is a link or resource  you would like added.

Helpful Tools

Concepts and principles for tackling social inequities in health: Levelling up Part 1. WHO Collaborating Centre for Policy Research on Social Determinants of Health, University of Liverpool.

Freedom from Violence: Tools for Working with Trauma, Mental Health and Substance Use. Toolkit for Anti-Violence Workers produced for and with the BC Association of Specialized Victim Assistance and Counselling Programs.

Gender informed practice: Mental health acute care that works for women. A best practice guidance to improve inpatient care for women produced for the National Institute for Mental Health in England by Williams & Paul.

Intersectionality: Moving Women’s Health Research and Policy Forward. Primer outlining how to effectively apply an intersectional perspective in the context of women’s health produced for the Women’s Health Research Networks by Hankivsky & Cormier.

World Report on Disability. The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability.

Research Influences and Interests

Empathy, egalitarianism and emotion work in the relational negotiation of PMS: The experience of women in lesbian relationships. Feminism and Psychology, 18(1), 87-111. Ussher, J. M., & Perz, J. (2008).

Ethnicity, race and forensic psychiatry: Are we color-blind? Journal of the American Academic of Psychiatry and the Law, 32, 21-33. Hicks, J. (2004).

Exploring the promises of intersectionality for advancing women’s health research. International Journal for Equity in Health, 9, 1-15. Hankivsky, O., Reid, C., Cormier, R., Varcoe, C., Clark, N., Benoit, C., & Brotman, S. (2010)

Gender, ethnicity and depression: Intersectionality and context in mental health research with African American Women. African American Research Perspectives, 8,  174-184. Kohn, L.P. & Hudson, K.M. (2002).

Gender, race and the self in mental  health and crime. Social Problems, 53(2), 161-185. Rosenfield, S., Phillips, J., & White, H. (2006).

Homeless mentally ill persons : A bibliography review. The International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 12(1) Nieto, G., Gittelman, M., & Abad, A. (2008).

Housing and support for adults with severe addictions and/or mental illness in British Columbia. Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction. Patterson, M., Somers, J. M., McIntosh, K., Shiell, A., & Frankish, C. J. (2008).

How to translate health research knowledge  into effective healthcare action. Healthcare Quarterly, 10(3), 20-22 Graham, I. D., & Tetroe, J. (2007).

Mental health and development:Targeting people with mental health conditions as a vulnerable group. Switzerland: WHO Press. Funk, M., Drew, N., Freeman, M. (2010).

Managing the monstrous feminine: Regulating the reproductive body. London: Routledge. Ussher, J. (2006).

Racism and mental health into the 21st century:  Perspectives and parameters. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 70(1), 5-13. Rollock, D., & Gordon, E. (2000).

Recovery from mental illness as an emergent concept and practice in Australia and the UK. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 53(2), 108-122. Ramon, S., Healy, B., & Renouf, N. (2007).

Shifting landscapes: Immigrant women and postpartum depression. Health Care for Women International, 29(6), 593-617. Morrow, M., Smith, J. E., Lai, Y., & Jaswal, S. (2008).

Tensions Complicate Efforts to Transform MH Systems Rich Daly, Psychiatric News July 16, 2007

Research and Service Centres

Canadian Institute of Gender and Heath

Inequality Agenda