Savera UK, a leading charity tackling culturally-specific abuse such as ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA), forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), is set to mark World Mental Health day with a community event at the Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre in Toxteth on Thursday 13th October (11am – 3pm).
World Mental Health Day takes place each year on 10th October, with events happening globally to raise awareness of mental health issues, challenge stigma and encourage people to seek support and help when they are struggling.
The community event, led by the Merseyside-headquartered charity, will host stalls from organisations including Mary Seacole House, Chasing the Stigma, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group, South Central Community Transport, Comics Youth CIC, YPAS, Open To Create, WEB Merseyside, Liverpool Hope University, RASA Merseyside, Crown Prosecution Service and Citizens Advice Liverpool – Citizens Advice on Prescription and Savera UK.
Stallholders will have merchandise to give away, information about mental health and wellbeing services and activities available to people in Merseyside and beyond, and food and refreshments will be available.
There will also be mini guided meditation sessions from Blackburne House, interactive zine making provided by Comics Youth CIC and other wellbeing related activities to participate in.
There will also be opportunities to speak to members of the Savera UK team about its work supporting survivors and those at risk of HBA and harmful practices both emotionally and practically.
Savera UK CEO and Founder, Afrah Qassim, said: “In many of the communities we work in, simply talking about mental health is deeply stigmatised and there are so many barriers to seeking help. We also see a significant prevalence of mental health issues in the people we support, due to the huge emotional impact of being subjected to HBA and harmful practices.
“As well as safeguarding those at risk, we also advocate for them and help individuals to flee abusive environments. We also provide wellbeing and welfare support to survivors and those at risk, including wellbeing activities, financial and emotional support. We want our community event to highlight the wonderful services and organisations that exist in Merseyside to support people’s mental health and wellbeing and encourage more people to speak about their mental health and seek the support they need.”
The event is drop-in and free but registration is advised: https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/SaveraUKMentalHealthandWellbeingFair
Limited space for stallholders is still available, to request a free space for your organisation, contact Chelsea Maddison on [email protected]. You can also contact Chelsea for all other event enquiries.
Event Listing Information
Event Name: Savera UK Mental Health & Wellbeing Fair
Date: Thursday 13th October 2022
Times: 11am – 3pm
Location: Meeting Room 1, First Floor, Kuumba Imani Millennium Centre, 4 Princes Road, Liverpool, L8 1TH
Booking: Drop-in, no booking required but registration advised – https://register.enthuse.com/ps/event/SaveraUKMentalHealthandWellbeingFair
Age Restrictions: None
Further event information: Contact [email protected]