MASH Event : What About Us?

Lonely young manWhat About Us?

Building community-based well-being provision for African-Caribbean people with lived experience of mental health.

An event hosted by the Mentoring & Advocacy Support Hub (M.A.S.H.)
20th March 2017, 10.30am – 4.30pm.

This event has been co-produced with members of M.A.S.H. who are also active current users of mental health services in Birmingham.

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The project is regrettably set to close at the end of March 2017 as a result of existing funding coming to an end.

The Mentoring & Advocacy Support Hub (M.A.S.H.), previously known as the Peer Support Programme, was initially developed as part of the Time to Change 300 Voices Project to support young African and Caribbean men with lived experience of mental health problems in Birmingham to build resilience and confidence to aid recovery.

The Police & Crime Commission (PCC) had granted funding for 12 months (2016/17) to continue the work of the programme in developing a project for African Caribbean users following the closure of 300 Voices.

The event in brief:

This event will share evaluation findings and showcase the work done by service users as part of the M.A.S.H. Project. It will also explore the wider issue of resourcing for small community projects that provide vital services to build personal capacity, confidence and improved mental health for people with lived experience in the community.

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Event speakers:

  • Joanna Bennett : Professor of Mental Health Nursing (keynote)
  • Sean Russell – Director : West Midlands Mental Health Commission
  • Heather Clarke & Michelle Wilson-Davis – COPE Mental Health Association
  • John Short – Chief Executive : Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust
  • Emma Brown : Women Acting in Today’s Society (WAITS)

Other activities:

  • M.A.S.H. Programme challenges, achievements and future plans
  • Presentations of poetry, short stories & films by M.A.S.H. members
  • Question Time panel debate
  • Presentations to M.A.S.H. mentees & mentors
  • Stalls / Marketplace

The event is open to the public, services users and their families/friends/carers, and key statutory, public and voluntary sector organisations will be invited to attend.

Funded and supported by:

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