An emotional emancipation circle (EEC) is a psychoeducational space for Black women to understand the role of cultural values specific to the Black diaspora in their emotional wellbeing and mental health. In January 2023, The Maya Centre launched a series of EECs as part of our expansion of the Black Women’s Project (BWP), which was formerly the Black Women’s Therapy Group.
The Irish Women’s Service (formerly the Irish Women’s Project) is a specialist mental health initiative that helps Irish women and women of Irish descent to explore issues relating to their culture and heritage. As our longest-running specialist service, this support includes those from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Following the disturbing news about David Carrick, we want to continue this conversation with a deeper enquiry into how this incident feeds into a wider rape culture, the ways in which this affects women’s mental health, and how we’re working to support women – especially those who are minoritised – through this kind of trauma.