FEAP Celebrates Women's History Month

FEAP Celebrates Women's History Month

IIn honor of Women’s History Month, FEAP is thrilled to participate in the commemoration by offering a variety of resources. Delve into our page filled with educational materials, uplifting music, and more to celebrate women’s contributions, resilience, and achievements across various cultures, communities, and backgrounds. FEAP honors women’s significant contributions and achievements that help shape us as individuals, communities, and an overall society.

Women & Mental Health

  • Mental Health & Women's History

    In recent years, more people have been talking about mental health, which FEAP celebrates every day. Still, many struggle with their mental health and have a hard time talking about it or reaching out for help. Now, almost one out of every five adults deals with mental health issues, and there are even more who might have problems but haven't yet to seek help.

    For women, seeking help and prioritizing mental health can be even more challenging because of old-fashioned ideas, medical neglect, and social expectations. Sadly, the pandemic had exacerbated this, burdening many with increased responsibilities and minimal support, and despite strides forward, ingrained sexism persists, hindering women from speaking out about their mental health struggles.

    Historically, women's mental health suffered under erroneous beliefs and oppressive gender norms. Misconceptions, like the notion of "hysteria," pathologized women's health issues, leading to harmful treatments and societal marginalization. Even as medical understanding evolved, sexist attitudes persisted, with women's voices often silenced or dismissed.

    It wasn't until the late 20th century that significant shifts occurred, recognizing women's mental health issues beyond reproductive ties. The abandonment of the "hysteria" diagnosis marked a crucial turning point, paving the way for nuanced understandings of women's mental health conditions.

    Today, while strides have been made, stigma lingers, often discouraging women from seeking help and discussing feelings of shame or inadequacy. But it's crucial to keep pushing for better understanding and support.

    Addressing this stigma requires collective action, urging improved accessibility, empathy, and support systems. This is at the core of FEAP's work, so we ask that in honor of Women's History Month, that we begin to speak up for mental health awareness throughout the year. It's not just important—it's necessary for everyone's well-being.

    If you need support, don't hesitate to get in touch with FEAP--we're here for you. Call: 434.243.2643

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  • Women Mental Health Pioneers

    Dorothea Dix

    Dorothea Dix, a 19th-century activist, revolutionized healthcare by advocating for the mentally ill and indigenous peoples. Despite personal struggles, including abuse and illness, she pioneered reforms, establishing asylums and pushing for better treatment worldwide. Her efforts during the Civil War transformed nursing, setting higher standards and advancing women's roles in healthcare.