Free mental health conference in town

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A free conference which aims to challenge perceptions of mental health is to be held in Sleaford.

The Hearing Voices Social Change forum takes place on Monday, October 13, at the New Life Conference and Events Centre, in Mareham Lane, from 9.30am to 4pm.

A spokesman for the event said: “The forum has been created to promote a more humanistic understanding of mental health, to challenge stigma, discrimination, negative attitudes and a realisation that all human beings are vulnerable to mental health challenges.”

There will be a number of speakers on the day, including the national chairman of the Hearing Voices Network in England Jacqui Dillon.

Jacqui is a respected speaker, writer and activist, and has lectured and published worldwide on mental health issues.

Other speakers include Wendy Bryant, from the University of Essex, in Colchester, where she leads the occupational therapy programme and Mervyn Morris, professor of community mental health and director of the centre for community mental health at Birmingham City University andNick Pollard, senior lecturer in occupational therapy at Sheffield Hallam University.

A bread and soup lunch is available at a cost of £3.50.

Visitors are asked, if possible, to take a packet of biscuits or sweets to help out with refreshments.

For more information, call 07528 535648 or email cathymc978@gmail.com.