Gillian Einstein
155 College St., Room 100
  • October 15, 2014 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

You are invited to a special guest lecture presented by the Collaborative Program in Women's Health: "African-Caribbean Women's Mental Health in the UK: Paradoxes and Conundrums"

Presented by Dr. Dawn Edge, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at the Centre for New Treatments & Understanding in Mental Health (CeNTrUM) University of Manchester, UK

All are welcome


African-Caribbean people are reported to have the highest prevalence of serious mental illness such as psychosis, most difficult relationships with mental health services, and greatest persistent inequalities in mental healthcare of all ethnic groups in the UK. Vulnerability to poor mental health is known to be associated with social risks such as poverty and social exclusion. However, despite higher levels of psychosocial risks, including disproportionate location in areas of highest deprivation, African-Caribbean women are less likely than White British women in similar circumstances to be diagnosed with perinatal depression and other common mental health conditions. The absence of African-Caribbean and Black women more generally from clinical and epidemiological data is especially surprising viewed in the context of the over-representation of African-Caribbeans in psychiatric hospitals and contrasts sharply with increasing focus on the perinatal mental health of South Asian and White British women.

In this seminar, Dr. Edge will explore whether gendered responses to psychological distress, coupled with Black Caribbean women's self-concept and social identity, offer a degree of protection from perinatal depression. She will also explore service responses to these women and whether and to what extent these contribute to low rates of diagnosed perinatal depression in African-Caribbean women.