Pavilion hosts mental health day event

5 October 2016

Residents looking for face-to-face advice on mental health issues in Grangetown have been invited to an event at Grange Pavilion on Monday.  

The second Mental Health and Wellbeing Day takes place to coincide with World Mental Health Day.

Experts will be on hand whether you are seeking advice and information for yourself, a partner, family members or a friend.

The programme (10am-3pm)  includes workshops and speakers, with mindfulness and dementia some of the topics covered.

Speaking at the end of the event will be Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health, who said: “The Welsh Government is committed to improving mental health and wellbeing across all of our communities, from building resilience and improving support for our young people, to making Wales a dementia friendly nation.”

The day has been organised by Cardiff University, as part of its long-term Community Gateway project in Grangetown.

Two lecturers from its school of healthcare sciences, Alicia Stringfellow and Gemma Stacey-Emile, say they want the day to “create a sense of belonging and a positive feeling” about being proactive in making changes.

“There will be an opportunity to find out about local services and groups that people can access themselves – or for family members and carers – and how the Grange Pavilion and other Community Gateway projects can also help with people’s wellbeing,” said Gemma.

The programme includes a Time for Change session, dementia-friendly training, mindfulness and inforomation for carers.

Alicia added: “The focus will be on dignity, working collaboratively and focusing on future developments that will be drawn out during the day.”

Grange Pavilion in Grange Gardens is being brought back to life as a new community hub thanks to Community Gateway, with a cafe due to open soon and more events planned.

For more information about the day email Gemma Stacey-Emile on Stacey-emileg@cardiff.ac.uk; and Alicia Stringfellow on Stringfellowa@cardiff.ac.uk.

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