New President urges members to ‘Think on It’

We are pleased to announce that Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Ltd installed a new President, at its Conference in Liverpool on 27 October 2018.

Federation President Sue Williams succeeded Susan Biggs, and will lead the organisation over the next 12 months. Her theme for the year is ‘Think on it’ which encourages Members to raise awareness of mental health, particularly the issues which affect women and girls, such as that resulting from domestic violence or PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

  • Some shocking statistics:
    29% of women have mental health issues compared with 17% of men.
  • 30-60% of women with mental health problems have experienced domestic violence.
  • 2/3 of dementia cases are women.
  • 1 in 12 young women self-harm.
  • 20% of women have PTSD compared to 8 % of men.
  • 56% of young trafficked survivors have depression.

“Good mental health is fundamental to thriving in life. It is the essence of who we are and how we experience the world. Yet, compared to physical health, so little is commonly known about mental ill health and how to prevent it. That must change”, said Sue Williams, SIGBI President.

President Sue looks forward to working with Clubs to raise awareness of these issues.

Take a look at all the resources in the ‘Think on It’ toolkit, including social media headers, images, event guides and more, view here.

Please use the hashtag #SoroptimistsThinkOnIt.