Mental ill-health is on the increase, with 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 10 children likely to live with it in any given year.
People with mental ill-health have the right to live with dignity, and this is everybody’s business. Nationally there is over-representation of BME people with mental health issues for various reasons, including lack of awareness of mental health, access issues and a damaging attitude around mental health among some people that makes it difficult to seek help.
As part of Mental Health Day Utulivu Women’s Group, ACRE, Hexham Community Association, Whitley Community Development Association, Berkshire Health Foundation Trust (BHFT) and other community groups will have a conference themed ‘Lets Talk About It: Mental Health’. The conference aims to raise awareness of mental health including schizophrenia and to reduce the barriers to help seeking and treating people with mental ill-health with the dignity they deserve.
Among the speakers will be Cllr Rachel Eden, Reading’s lead for Adult and Social Care. Different communities and agencies will be represented.
Please spread the word and bring a friend. Lunch will be provided.