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  • 29th July 2020, 10:30 – 12:00 pm – EYST Mental Health Forum

Bridging the Gap: Creating links between communities and Mental Health Service providers

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the cumulative impact of stress, grief and anxiety of this pandemic in a recently published Opinion piece in Time magazine. COVID-19 does not only affect our physical health but has a direct impact on our mental well-being.  “Unless we act now to address the mental health needs associated with the pandemic, there will be enormous long-term consequences for families, communities and societies.” (UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres).

EYST’s All Wales BAME Engagement Programme has hosted a series for a covering a variety of topics around the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities. The next forum will be focused on the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities and create better links between communities and local mental health services to quickly provide support where it’s most needed. Please join us on Wednesday 29h July from 10:30 –12:00 via Zoom. 

We will be joined by the following guests who will be able to provide information, and answer questions. 

  • Suzanne Duval – Diverse Cymru BME Mental Health Team Manager
  • Selina Sonola – Registered Mental Health Nurse CAMHS Practitioner
  • Jill Duarte – African Community Centre, Swansea 
  • Jennie Dowsell and Sarah Morgan – New Pathways 

Join with following Zoom link:  

 Please note additional upcoming forums: 

  • 5th August 10:30-12 – ‘Women and Maternal Health’ following the reported risks for BAME pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Speakers will focus on experiences in health care services for BAME women in Wales and includes midwives, community activists and reps from Public Health Wales and Swansea University. Speakers include:
      • Antonia Ashaye, Founder of Obirin Africa and 5th year Medical Student
      • Laura Santana, Midwife and Co-founder of Birth Partner Project
      • Reps from Public Health Wales and Swansea University
      • Join with Zoom link: 
  • 12th August 10:30-12 – North Wales Forum  – A chance for people living and working in North Wales to talk about impact of Covid 19 on communities in N Wales and how we can work together during the  recovery to build back better – that schools are working for all children, that employment practices are just, that Government investment benefits people most impacted by the Covid crisis.  And not least, also a chance to meet Dorica Quant who recently joined EYST as North Wales Regional Coordinator.

If you have been participating in any of these topical forums (since 25th March until now), please take 5 minutes to fill out an online survey to help us evaluate the quality of these forums:  It doesn’t matter if you have attended one forum or many, you only need to complete the survey once.    

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