Valley and Vale is actively involved in using creativity as an alternative approach to engaging people that may be experiencing mental health or emotional health problems, and also as an effective tool for promoting awareness of mental health issues.
We took part in The Women and Mental Health conference that was the second of five conferences being delivered as part of the Siaradwn Ni – Lets Talk Project and was co-ordinated by Mental Health Matters Wales. The Siaradwn Ni partnership is made up of both voluntary and statutory organisations from Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend with ABM University Health Board as the lead. The project is funded by the Big Lottery, Mental Health Matters Fund.
The aim of the Siaradwn Ni project is to reduce stigma and improve public awareness in relation to mental health and provide a legacy of knowledge regarding mental health and suicide prevention across the Bridgend and Neath Port Talbot Borough areas. This will encourage earlier recognition, response and recovery for those in need.
The aim of the Women and Mental Health conference was to promote discussion and reflection on a number of key issues relating to women and mental health. The conference was attended by 103 people (13 men and 90 women) and there was excellent feedback from the event:
“Really enjoyed the mix of the day, eg workshops, life stories, project information.”
“Many aspects to the day, lots and lots of information to absorb, good to bring people from many avenues together. Really enjoyed the visual aspects – 1st workshop, acting, interactive sessions. Very moving.”
“Really interesting throughout. Good mix of presentations and activities.”
“Gave us a good grounding in body image, self-harm, and eating disorders.”