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Mar 8, 2019

Staying Put & DVS urge women to look after their mental health on International Women’s Day

Domestic violence charities Staying Put and Domestic Violence Services are urging women to take care of their mental as well as their physical health this International Women’s Day.

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The charities, based in Bradford and Keighley, are holding an event together with Sharing Voices Bradford on Wednesday March 13.

The event will focus on how domestic abuse and mental health are often linked, with an interactive workshop, group activities and stories from survivors who have accessed support from Staying Put and Sharing Voices.

Yasmin Khan, director of Staying Put, said: “It is an accepted fact that women experiencing domestic abuse can have a significant impact on their mental health.

“The key message we want to give women is don’t blame yourselves; your mental health difficulties are not your fault and you are certainly not responsible for the abuser’s abuse, the abuser is.

“Women with mental health problems are also more likely to suffer violence and abuse. In fact, it has been estimated that domestic violence has an overall cost to mental healthcare of £176 million.

“Adverse childhood experiences including exposure to domestic violence also has a significant impact on children’s mental health, which can have a huge knock-on effect in later life.

“On International Women’s Day this year, and throughout the year, we urge women to talk about their mental health, and seek help if they need it.”

The event takes place at Sharing Voices Bradford, 10 Mornington Villas, Bradford, BD8 7HB, from 9am to 1pm. Places are limited and are booked on a first come first served basis. Booking is essential via: domesticviolenceandmentalhealth.eventbrite.co.uk

Yasmin will also be speaking at an event held by The Women's Health Network on Wednesday March 6, from 9.30am to 1pm, at Carlisle Business Centre in Bradford. The event, titled “Balance for Better”, will hear inspirational stories from ordinary women who have strived to achieve balance, professionally and personally for physical and mental health.

The Staying Put Freephone helpline is open Monday to Friday, 0808 2800999, and the National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247. Anyone who feels they, or another member of the family, are in immediate danger should call the police on 999.

For more information on the services provided by Staying Put, go to www.stayingput.uk.net