Serious Health Message is Fun
A Family Funday took place on Sunday 12th April at Bangor Street Community Centre.
One Voice featured some of our work on Mental Health and Well-Being (as part of the Baiter Sehat campaign, in partnership with Blackburn and Darwen Borough council) at the event.
We shared our stall with Paul Smalley (Facing Up Co-ordinator) from Lancashire Mind and Christine Hunter, from the Lancashire Health and Well-Being Centre CIC.
The event saw a huge turnout including the Mayor of Blackburn and his wife. Many attendees spoke with our crew from One Voice to discuss Mental Health and issues relating to it.
Shabnum Ahmed, One Voice Outreach Officer said:
“It was great to be working alongside other charities and organisations. The One Voice stall induced a huge amount of interest, and it was very refreshing to see people talking candidly about their own issues with Mental Health and Well-Being.”
One Voice recently organised a focus group to discuss the issue of Mental Health and Well-Being in the BME community.
One Voice Creates Happy
to Talk Champions
One Voice held a ‘Happy to Talk’ Workshop on 2nd April as part of the Baiter Sehat campaign, in association with Blackburn and Darwen Borough Council.
The workshop, with 13 attendees was delivered by Lancashire Mind. Happy to Talk is a new concept to encourage people to make time to talk to others.
Having the opportunity to talk to other people builds our social connections which in turn improves our mental well-being. The Happy to Talk workshop is for people to become happy to talk champions.
Lauren Oakland from Lancashire Mind said:
“I think the session with One Voice went really well. People’s awareness from the start to the end of the session has gone up from 15%. It is great that the community want to bring people together to learn the information around what improves our mental well-being and share that information.
“One Voice has allowed us to reach communities we may not have naturally reached into otherwise.”
Happy to Talk Champions are part of existing social groups or can hold new informal social gatherings which promote connecting and mental wellbeing.
Zaheer Mahmud, Operational Lead of One Voice said:
“It’s imperative that we equip member of our community with the right information and guidance to help the mental well-being of the community.
“Mental health is a serious issue in Blackburn and Darwen. One Voice is passionate about improving the lives of men and women, especially those hard to reach people, who come across difficulties and feel this is the first step to dealing with boosting mental well-being.”
One Voice will be working with Lancashire Mind on a number of further Happy to Talk workshops including one with young members of the community, aged between 16 and 24.
As part of the Baiter Sehat campaign, One Voice are participating in a fun day at Bangor Street Community Centre on 12th April to highlight the issue of mental health. The organisation is also working with masjid Imams to discuss the link between jinns and black magic with mental health among the Muslim community of Blackburn and Darwen.
Focus on Men as Well as Women
One Voice organised a focus group to discuss the issue of mental health and well-being in the BME community on Thursday 29 January.
The focus group, held at the One Voice Outreach office on Whalley Range was part of the Baiter Sehat project, in partnership with Blackburn and Darwen Borough Council.
According to recent statistics, 1 in 4 people in Lancashire are currently living with a mental health condition.
The aim of the focus group was to gain in-depth information into the feelings, attitudes, and perspectives of participants about the issue of mental health in the BME community.
Seven women and four men participated in the focus group. And it was clear that the message that needed to delivered to the community was that both sexes suffered from mental health problems.
Lauren Oakland, Mental Wellbeing Services Manager at Lancashire Mind who attended the meeting said:
“The meeting focused on normalising the discussion of Mental Health, highlighting issues and deciding clear actions to achieve mental wellbeing for all.”
Another attendee, Fazila Patel said:
“The key message from the focus group was to ensure we strive for positive Mental Health in everyone hopefully resulting in better communication, relationships and physical health.”
It was agreed that a Mental Health Lite First Aid training sessions be set up for the BME community in Blackburn. It was also advised that marketing of current services was also an important factor in breaking the taboo of mental health.
Call One Voice on 07985 146442, or email email@example.com for further information.