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Two weeks ago I was partly responsible for organising a mental health awareness day in Handsworth park Birmingham. The event was named mellow and the intention was to have conversations with people and explain a little about the issues with stigma and perceptions of mental distress in black and minority ethnic communities. My job and role was volunteer coordination. To my surprise we had thirty volunteers in total, some of them worked the whole day talking and listening to strangers they met In the park.
We had over 500 people attend the event and recorded over 200 conversations.
I was amazed at the fact that over 200 volunteer hours were donated by people to the days event.
I think this shows people at thier best, working together to create a better society.

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Comment by Andrew on July 30, 2016 at 11:15
It was a great day. People were so friendly and welcomed us into thier community.
They listened to what we had to say and spoke about thier own expuerience of mental distress.
Comment by Satyavani Robyn on July 30, 2016 at 9:05

Great to hear Andrew, glad you could be a part of such an important event. 

Comment by Sujatin on July 29, 2016 at 9:28

It's so heart-warming to hear this news. There are so many good people around and we don't hear of them enough - the newspapers don't find these stories as newsworthy as the atrocities, unfortunately. Thank you for telling us - Namo Amida Bu!


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