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Women's Mental Health Conference at Yale

Women from a variety of backgrounds and gender expressions face many distinct mental health challenges, including substantially increased risk for experiencing sexual trauma, workplace harassment, and interpersonal violence. Because of these challenges, there is a growing importance to equip our healthcare workforce with the distinct skills and tools to appropriately care for these populations.

The Women’s Mental Health Conference plans to invest in women’s wellbeing by bringing inspiring and leading advocates, researchers, and clinicians together to share knowledge with health trainees and the greater New Haven community.

Founded by a group of dedicated medical, public health, and law students, we aim to highlight issues of women’s mental health through education, open dialogue, and collaboration. We hope to create a movement of students and educators that will provide future generations of health professionals with practical skills to advocate for and improve women’s mental health.

We also seek to highlight the intersections of race, gender expression, class, sexual orientation, and contemporary issues on women’s mental health.


The overarching goal of the conference is to improve care for women in all healthcare settings by promoting competency in women’s mental health. The conference aims to meet this goal through a 3-part mission:

  • To equip attendees with practical skills that will materially improve their screening and management of women’s mental health;
  • To highlight the often under-recognized contributions of women’s mental health researchers, advocates, and clinicians;
  • To create an enduring community of women’s mental health advocates at Yale to further structural and cultural change both locally and nationally.