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15th November, 2017

Break Free From Mental Health Stigma Event in Brum

With almost half of young professionals taking time off due to stress, suicides on the increase, and thousands young people suffering with depression, health professionals and members of the public are gathering at a weekend event to end the stigma attached to mental health illness in Birmingham.

Hosted by The Future Leaders Club and Kaleidoscope Plus Group, the AddVentureMind Weekend is taking place at BPP University in Birmingham on 18th and 19th November 2017, 9.30am to 5pm. The event is open to all and free to attend. Places can be booked via www.eventbrite.co.uk

  • As many as 46% of professionals, aged 21-32, have taken at least one day off work due to stress in the past two years, according to business psychologist, Susan Scott.
  • 39% of this future generation believed they were close to burnout.
  • Astonishingly, as many as 41% felt they had little or no managerial support with this health issue.

In view of such findings, the AddVentureMind Weekend is inviting members of the public to come together with mental health practitioners to share ideas and co-design solutions to end the stigma attached to mental health illness.

Monica Shafaq, Chief Executive of the Kaleidoscope Plus Group, a registered charity and provider of mental health services, said; “We are delighted to be leading on the AddVentureMind Weekend in partnership with the Future Leaders Club.  The growing and changing mental health needs of our communities mean that organisations must be innovative to enable them to respond to these demands. The weekend provides a platform for everyone to come together and co-design how these needs should be met – I am very excited by the potential outcome.”

Callie Starkey, Head of Ventures, at the Future Leaders Club, a Birmingham based social enterprise, said, “Everyone is welcome to act as a social innovator where their ideas and expertise will not only help develop solutions to end stigma attached mental health illness, but also contribute towards a white paper. This is a collective opportunity to harness grassroots creativity and support fellow citizens and communities.”

Jazz Singh, Chief Executive of the Future Leaders Club, added, “We are delighted to have Guest Keynote Speaker Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Sean Russell, Director of the West Midlands Combined Authority Mental Health Commission. In a unique collaborative working arrangement, DCI Sean Russell manages delivery of an action plan that aims to make a huge difference to people with mental health problems in the region. We are also delighted to have Councillor Paulette Hamilton, as Guest Keynote Speaker. Paulette is Mental Health Champion for Birmingham City Council and Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care.”

Volunteers are also being sought to help at the AddVentureMind Weekend, from service users, carers and relatives and mental health workers. Contact the Future Leaders Club for more information about this opportunity.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to share their unique stories and experiences of mental health stigma at the event, and work together with a range of people to design out stigma!

For more information about the AddVentureMind Weekend visit www.futureleadersclub.com, email: team@futureleadersclub.com or call 03301005272


TEL: 0330 100 5272