Women around the globe are facing record levels of stress. Navigating the emotional and physical challenges of social and health justice issues—including economic uncertainty, global unrest and COVID caregiving—are taking a heavy toll on women’s mental health.


Yet, mental health care and resources for women is woefully lacking. In some cohorts, such as women of color, the impact is hugely disproportionate.


     — The overall impact – Women are twice as likely as men to experience depression, PTSD and generalized anxiety disorder.


     — In underserved communities – In the U.S., black women are twice as likely to experience mental health conditions, but half as likely to receive treatment. In the UK, almost a third of black women reportedly suffer common mental health issues, a significantly higher number than white women. But far too often, women of color struggle in silence.


At this critical point in time, it is critical for diverse stakeholders to work together to reach, engage and support everyone, but also acknowledge that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach isn’t the answer.


Our panel will provide an overview of opportunities and programs working to bridge women’s mental health care inequities in general, as well as those that tackle the mental health complexities within our diverse communities.


Valarie Clark

Senior Vice President,
Health Equity at Ketchum


Dr Jacqui Dyer

Mental Health Foundation and Mental Health Equalities Advisor for NHS England


Hazel Moran

Vice President,
Global Patient Insights and Advocacy,
EMD Serono, Inc.


Susan Gurley

Executive Director,
Anxiety & Depression Association of America