Conference 2017 "Faith & Culture can help break stigma of mental health"
Thursday 16th Feburary 2017 Postgraduate Centre, University of Bedfordshire
Early Bird Discount Available
Mental illness does not discriminate: it can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, faith, race or socio-economic background. With 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health issues at some point in their lifetime it is essential that treatment is catered to the varying needs of each individual. Faith and culture can have both a positive and a negative impact on the service user. Service providers need to use best practice to identify the strengths that faith and culture can bring to aiding recovery whilst also acknowledging how it can adversely affect a service user who is dealing with the stigmafrom their own community.
Our Minds Matter Welcome to Our Minds Matter launch event where we will introduce the aims and objectives of our charity. It will also provide an opportunity for organisations to network and foster relationships that will utilise the many positives that come from faith and culture whilst working together to help eradicate the negative stigma within communities.
TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED:
Service User Experience
Hear the first-hand experience of a service user who suffered from a mental health illness and how her culture and faith contributed both positively and negatively to her recovery.
How can acknowledgement of faith support mental wellbeing?
Spirituality provides meaning, belonging and direction to many people in their lives and can also provide an individual with a way to positively interpret and add meaning to their mental health problems. Such issues will be discussed in more detail.
Breaking stigma around mental health across cultures.
Stigma can have a negative impact on service users and their families leading to guilt,isolation, discrimination and blame. Such cultural stigma can make mental ill health difficulties worse and can make it harder to recover. We explore what can be done to tackle these issues.
The challenge in supporting students of diverse cultures and faiths.
Racial, ethnic and faith groups represent a large portion of the University of Bedfordshire students. Therefore it is crucial that the University become informed about how to address mental health issues among the full diversity of its students. We will explore the challenges.