The March In Conversation With…tackles mental health

ian-espinosa-311604-unsplashIN CASE YOU’VE MISSED THIS SALON STYLE EVENT, I’m delighted to announce the next “In Conversation With”…  CLICK HERE TO BOOK.

I created this bi-monthly event to encourage more of a “salon culture”. And our first three events showed me that it really is possible to create a space for considered conversation and insight.  As before I’ll be interviewing people from the world of business, culture, policy and government . Rather than soundbites, we’ll converse: teasing out a topic in more depth, leaving all of us in the room challenged, enlightened and energised.

(Photo by Ian Espinosa on Unsplash)

Click here for an account of our November event, by the lovely Laura Creavan.  I delighted to say that there’s a growing number of people who are interested to find out more and who regularly attend – whatever the topic – to learn and enjoy.

The theme for this event and our next April In Conversation With… is mental health.

It seems that this issue in particular has a higher profile than ever. Whether it’s young royals highlighting that they have had therapy to deal with griefalarming statistics about the growth in numbers of (young people in particular) seeking medication for anxiety and depression or just a more general awareness of the need to safeguard our mental health. From meditation apps to adult colouring books – we’re all being encouraged to check out of the overwhelm of life from time to time. But for some people it’s more than everyday stress, it’s a debilitating and isolating illness. What can be done?

To help me explore this subject I’m delighted to welcome Nathan Dennis of First Class Legacy to share his insights. Nathan is a dynamic leader, and Award Winning Social Entrepreneur, Author and Youth & Community specialist Consultant. Using a values-based, methodology and theory of change Nathan’s work has led to real impact and produced fantastic results across a wider range of industries, some of which include the Criminal justice system, Health, Education, Arts and Construction

In particular we’ll find out more about Nathan’s work with MIND, the national charity and his pioneering work on Shifting the Dial – which aims to develop a Birmingham-based brotherhood of 300 young African Caribbean Men who feel mentally stronger and healthier. The funding for this project was granted by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Shifting the Dial is delivered by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, First Class LegacyCentre for Mental Health and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, and has been developed in response to statistics that show that young African Caribbean men in the UK are much more likely than their white counterparts to develop serious mental illness, and three times more likely to be at risk of suicide as referenced in the Centre For Mental Health report Against The Odds (July 2017).

Please join me and Nathan for this vital (and possibly life-changing) conversation. And save the date for a second conversation on April 30th on the mind-body connection with Dr Hugh Rickards, Consultant Neuro psychiatrist. Same bat-time, same bat-venue!

Helga Henry “In conversation with…Nathan Dennis” is on Tuesday 5th March from 6pm – 8pm at 1000 Trades Bar, Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HE, in the upstairs room. Admission is free (there’s a pay bar) but spaces are limited so please register as soon as possible.

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