22nd Oct, 2018

Reducing stigma surrounding mental health is aim of Bromsgrove event now open to public

Lorna Morris 13th Jan, 2018

AN EVENT in Bromsgrove aimed at busting myths and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health is opening to the public for the first time.

Organisations are invited to exhibit at the Time To Talk 2018 event on January 30 at Parkside from 10am to 2pm alongside such groups as Age UK and Healthy Minds.

The event is part of the Time to Change social movement run by charities MIND and Rethink Mental Illness and similar events are taking place across the country on February 1, which it Time To Talk Day 2018.

It has been run by Bromsgrove District Council’s Unison Branch Secretary, Laney Walsh, for staff, for the last five years and now is opening it up to the public.

She said: “Unfortunately there is still a stigma around mental health so people don’t want to talk about it. But, as with everything, the more we talk about it, the easier life becomes.

“The event is not a crisis drop-in centre, it is a safe space where people can find out what available support there is and to hear from the experts how a few changes in their life can make a big difference.

“We have 15 agencies already signed up to take part but we have room for more!”

The events at the Town Hall, which have seen support from local businesses, charities and organisations, have been hailed a success and last year Unison sent a camera crew down to capture it.

The event runs from 10am til 2pm at Parkside on January 30.

Contact Laney on 01527 534125 or laney.walsh@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk if you are interested in having a stand.

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