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Challenge Mental Health Stigma Panel - Chaired by Laurence Reed
Wed 5 April 2017, 16:30 – 19:00 BST
We are very lucky to have BBC Radio Cornwall's Laurence Reed chairing this panel event. The panellists will include people with lived experience of mental health as well as experts working in the field. Please see our Facebook page for full details of the panel, including their biographies and to post questions to them:
We are being hosted by Truro Cathedral, funded by Time to Change (TTC) and also supported by Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC). BBC Radio Cornwall and Laurence Reed have been most supportive in helping to raise awareness of this launch event as well as offering to chair the debate.
Following a welcome and refreshment at 4.30 pm we will start the event at 5.00 p.m. Each panel member will talk briefly about their experiences of mental health stigma, how they challenge stigma and preconceptions around mental health when they come across it and what they would like the future of working with mental health to 'look like'.
Then there will be the opportunity to take questions from the floor, possibly some discussion and debate, a summary from each of the members of the panel at the end of the evening.
Depending on the success of this event we hope to hold follow-up events in a similar vein, and a plan for both TTC and CRCC to continue working with Truro Cathedral during mental health awareness week (16 - 22 May 2017) and Suicide prevention week (10 - 14 September 2017) along side Carrick Mind, Zero suicides and possibly other groups.
Time to Change Champions attending this event can seek reimbursement of their travel expenses up to a total of £15.00. For those people who have lived experience of mental health but are not yet TTC Champions, a training even either a day before on the day itself is being planned.
If you have recently experienced a serious mental health crisis please get the advice of a suitably qualified mental health professional before attending: there will be no crisis intervention or support available at this event.
People with lived experience of mental health, including friends, families, carers, employers and anyone else interested in finding out more around the theme very welcome. We would particularly welcome people who know someone who may benefit from speaking out, but who may not be immediately ready to do so.
Young people under the age of 18 welcome with a responsible adult overseeing loco parentis. Please be advised that some content of the evening may be of an upsetting nature. Mature themes may also emerge.