09 June 2016

CASS Manager speaks at national nature event

Monira CASS Race Equality in Nature event The Manager of Community Access Support Service (CASS) has spoken at a national event aimed at encouraging black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups into nature for the benefit of their mental and physical health. Monira Ahmed Chowdhury spoke to a packed audience at the Race Equality in Nature event at Bristol Zoo this month, appearing alongside speakers such as conservationist Bill Oddie, MP Kerry McCarthy and 'Birdgirl' Mya-Rose Craig.


Monira spoke eloquently about the BAME community being overrepresented in mental health services, the challenges BAME people face accessing nature through local urban parks and the rural environment and how these barriers can be overcome - leading to improved emotional wellbeing.


"I was asked to get involved in the event as a result of the Bristol Emotional Wellbeing: Share Your Voice - Break Down Barriers, BAME and Mental Health event in February. Physical and emotional wellbeing are so key and for many can be as a direct result of engaging with nature both locally or by going out into the region. It was a real privilege for CASS that I was asked to participate in this national but locally held event,"  says Monira.

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