This post originally appeared on The Well Project.
While the reasons are unclear, studies have shown that, in the general population, women are two times more likely to experience depression than men. Further, women living with HIV across the gender spectrum are even more likely than women in the general population to experience challenges to their mental health. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the isolation, grief, economic instability, and radical change to daily lives it has wrought worldwide have had negative effects on people’s mental health while increasing barriers to mental health care access.
In acknowledgement of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we have compiled selections from The Well Project’s collection of resources and personal stories addressing mental health for women living with HIV.
- Depression, Women, and HIV
- Long-Term Survivors of HIV
- Stress Management
- Substance Abuse and Addiction
- Trauma and HIV
A Girl Like Me Blogs
- My August and September: Traumatized and Depressed by boseolotu
- Self by Destiny Smith
- I’m in a beautiful place. by HEROconnor
- Depression by JoDha
- Depression - JoDha’s Mind and Soul by JoDha
- The Correlation Between Mental Health and HIV/AIDS by Kara Brett
- When Depression and Discouragements Strike by KatieAdsila
- When I Reach Level Five by KatieAdsila
- My Depression, Trauma, HIV and Getting Help by MariaHIVMejia
- Survivor’s Guilt/PTSD/Anxiety/Depression by MariaHIVMejia
- Slides: Women, Mental Health, and HIV
- Webinar: Taking Care: Understanding and Addressing Mental Health Among Women Living with HIV
The Well Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women and girls. Visit their website, https://www.thewellproject.org/, to access fact sheets (English and Spanish), blogs, and advocacy tools, and to join a global community of women living with HIV.