We spoke to Njomeza Kartallozi, from the Women’s Therapy Centre, about her work as a Community Development Therapist and Project Manager on their Islington Young Mums Wellness Project.
The Women’s Therapy Centre, based in Manor Gardens, has been offering individual and group psychotherapy to women since 1976. It ensures that psychotherapy is available to all women, regardless of background and circumstance. The centre seeks to provide an appropriate service to those whose needs might not otherwise be met, including women from Black and Minority Ethnic groups, women who have experienced violence or abuse, women on low incomes, young women, and women with disabilities.
Islington has high levels of deprivation and mental health problems, with the highest level of diagnosed depression in London. Women face particular difficulties – depression is more common in women than men, with 1 in 4 women requiring treatment for depression at some point in their lives, compared to 1 in 10 men, and women are twice as likely to experience anxiety. Poverty is a known risk factor for mental ill-health and disproportionately affects women.
The Islington Young Mums Wellness Project, funded by Islington Giving through our Mental Health Challenge Fund, works with mums in crisis aged under 26, to reduce isolation, raise awareness around emotional and mental health issues, and offer tailored information and support.
One woman said “I have never spoken to anyone about these issues before, it feels good to get it out”. She had lost her four-day-old baby, born premature, having already experienced three miscarriages. Having attended sessions run by Njomeza, she now receives a combination of emotional and practical support. Njomeza has helped her secure one-on-one therapy, and a Link worker to deal with her housing and practical needs. Since receiving this support and intervention, the woman said she feels more positive about her future.
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