Women’s History Month is a celebration of women throughout history who have made an impact on society, their communities, and the world.
Women’s History Month serves as an important reminder of the vital role that women have played in shaping our society and culture, and it provides an opportunity to recognize the ongoing struggle for gender equality. This celebration recognizes the achievements of trailblazing women who have shattered glass ceilings, fought for women’s rights, and paved the way for future generations. Women’s History Month also serves as a call to action, inspiring all of us to work towards creating a more equitable and just world for women. Let us use this month as a time to reflect on the progress that has been made and recommit ourselves to building a brighter future for women everywhere.
This month let’s take a moment to recognize three women who have been trailblazers in the field of mental health.
Dr. Anna Freud was the youngest daughter of Sigmund Freud, and she developed her theories around child psychology that were just as influential as her father’s work. She created a new approach to treating children by emphasizing how their emotional lives play out in the physical world. She was also one of the first to introduce play therapy into mainstream treatment practices. Her most significant contribution to psychology was her focus on understanding the importance of self-esteem and relationships in children and adults.
Dr. Marsha Linehan is best known for her development of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT is a comprehensive form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that incorporates mindfulness practices into traditional CBT methods to help clients better understand and manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. DBT has become an invaluable tool for clinicians working with clients who struggle with severe mental illness or who are at risk for self-harm or suicide attempts.
Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison is a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is the foremost expert in bipolar disorder research and treatment approaches. She has written numerous books on mental health topics, including “An Unquiet Mind”, which delves into her own personal struggles with bipolar disorder and reflects on how it has shaped her life and career path as a clinician researcher in the field of mental health. Her work has helped to foster more empathy and understanding among clinicians when working with individuals living with this condition, while also providing valuable insight into how best to treat it from both medical and psychological perspectives.
As we celebrate Women’s History Month this year, let’s take some time to recognize these trailblazing women in mental health whose contributions have deeply impacted our understanding of psychological processes, treatments, attitudes towards mental illness, and overall well-being for those affected by it today. We thank them for their dedication to advancing our knowledge about mental health issues far beyond what was previously known or accepted before they stepped up as leaders in this field!