mental healthWith a busy month ahead, here’s a quick reminder of dates for your diary at a glance. Further details within the newsletter

Mental Health Awareness Week beginning Mon 13 May

NHS Diversity and Equality week 13 – 18 May, look out locally to see what’s on

Tuesday 14 May at 12.30 Launch of Mental Health Support Group
Tuesday 14 May Quiz at Darlington Street 7.30pm

IDAHO International Day Against Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia 17 May

Launch of new walking group Saturday 18 May at 12 noon

Saturday 25 May Birmingham PRIDE

Ruby’s visit to Wightwick Manor and Gardens 12 noon Bank Holiday Mon, 27 May
Art Day Thursday 30 May And, as it’s right at the beginning of next month – advance warning it’s Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June, save the date Thursday 6th June from 6.30pm for a Volunteering Celebration
Mental Health Awareness Week 2013
Starting Mon 13 May
 hostility or rejection from family, parents and friends
 bullying and name calling at school
 rejection by most mainstream religions
 danger of violence in public places
 harassment from neighbours and other tenants
 casual homophobic comments on an everyday basis
 embarrassed responses and sometimes prejudice from professionals, such as GPs
 no protection against discrimination at work until recently
 negative portrayal of gay people in the media
A Mental Health Self Support Group, It is hoped that this group will provide the following benefits:
Mutual Support and fun
An opportunity to talk to other people who have ‘been there’
An opportunity to give as well as receive help
Swapping and learning new ways to deal with problems
Gaining inspiration from others
Taking an active role in health and recovery
A reduction in isolation for some of us
An increase in social opportunities/ social circle
Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
But how the group develops will be down to its members – if you are interested in joining there will be an initial meeting with a free lunch at the Network offices on Tuesday 14 May at 12.30 email or call 01902 425 092


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