01 July 2016

CASS event challenges mental health stigma

CASS Network Event June 2016Community Access 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 forward.

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."

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