01 July 2016
CASS event challenges mental health stigma
Support Service (CASS) held a successful Networking Event this week
with support from Stand Against Racism and Inequality (SARI). The
event, on 28 June, featured a packed programme, which included
information about CASS, workshops around the service and a session
on challenging mental health stigma.
Over 60 people attended the morning event at The Park in Knowle.
They heard Alex Raikes MBE, Director (Strategic) of SARI, discuss
the importance of people with mental health issues getting support
to find the help they need. Elaine Flint, CEO at the Wellspring
Healthy Living Centre, then spoke about CASS's work, before the
service's networkers discussed their important work in the
community. This was followed by workshops where attendees assessed
how the service was performing and what it should focus on going
A delicious buffet lunch was provided by Man Alive! and Square
Food Foundation, before the afternoon event which focussed on
mental health stigma. There were many thought-provoking
discussions, with attendees thinking of examples of stigma and
devising ways to challenge it.
Alex says: "This was a brilliantly attended first CASS Network
Event - there was energy and real commitment at every table! We
picked up lots of ideas for CASS going forward."