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Mental health and women: challenges in first person

Round table with women affected by mental health problems to address the health and social challenges identified in the "Mental Health and Women" workshop

06 September, 2023

The TECSAM Network organizes different events related to mental health on the occasion of the celebration of the World Mental Health Day on Tuesday, October 10. 

In this regard, the Network is holding an open, virtual and free session on Wednesday, October 4 from 9 to 10 am, where it will bring together women affected by mental health problems around a discussion panel to deepen and debate on the main challenges and needs in mental health. 

This virtual meeting also includes the presentation of the report compiling the conclusions of the Mental Health and Women Workshop”, held last May 24 with the exclusive participation of women in first person, and whose aim was to gather the perspective of these women about the health and social challenges and possible solutions. 

Thus, the conclusions of the report will be the starting point to enhance reflection and debate with the women members of the round table, some of whom participated in the workshop, and who belong both to the field of activism and research in mental health. 

Specifically, the speakers will be: 

  • Mercè Torrentallé, mental health activist by experience, president of the Federació Salut Mental Catalunya, president of the Associació de Salut Mental La Noguera, member of the Coordinadora Salut Mental Terres de Lleida, and member of the Red Estatal de Mujeres de la Confederación SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA (State Women’s Network of the Confederation MENTAL HEALTH SPAIN). Mercè’s first-person experience is defined, among other elements, by her identity as a woman, mother and recently, grandmother, and by her link with the rural environment.
  • Alicia Mendo Olmos, activist in first person in Activament, and previously also in the Associació de Familiars Malalts Mentals Baix Llobregat. She is also a member of the Recovery Groups (subacute) and the Ethics Committee in mental health of Sant Joan de Déu, as well as the Clúster Salut Mental Baix Llobregat. She is a collaborator of the program Ikigai of Ràdio Sant Joan Despí and former collaborator of Ràdio Sant Boi, Ràdio Cornellà and Com Ràdio. Alicia also has a degree in Business Studies, a degree in Business Administration and a degree in Labor Relations and Employment, a background that gives her specific experience in the private and the company sector.
  • Carmen Prieto is a mental health activist, a dubbing actress in constant training, and a lover of painting, drawing, writing, film and theater. In addition to her first-person experience as a woman, Carmen adds her perspective as a health professional, having previously worked as a nurse.
  • Raquel Montllor Linares is a teacher, social educator and psychopedagogue, with more than 10 years of experience in the educational sector and a master’s degree in special education. She also has an important link with research in the first person, as she is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Clinical and Health Psychology at the UAB. Raquel is also an autistic woman diagnosed at the age of 40 and an activist. 

Open registration here. 



9h – Welcome to the 22nd Breakfast & Learn.  

9:05h – Presentation of the results of the report “Mental Health and Women Workshop”.  

9:15h – Round table “Mental health and women: challenges and needs in first person”, by women affected by mental health problems in the field of activism and research.  

10h – Q&A 

10:30h – End of the session 

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