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Communities urged to tackle mental health as BSMHFT launches new training initiative

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust will launch a new training initiative designed to help communities challenge the stigma surrounding mental health at Star City next week.

A training resource pack linked to The Revolving Door - a short film commissioned by BSMHFT – was developed in conjunction with a number of partner organisations including Birmingham City Council and Midland Heart. It has already been commissioned by the Department of Health and Birmingham Community Safety Partnership

The Revolving Door training resource will be launched following a screening of the film at Vue Cinemas, Star City, in Nechells, on Friday, March 8.

The film and training pack will be showcased and followed by an address by local poet and author, Professor Benjamin Zephaniah.

Prof Zephaniah said: “This is the work of a small group of intelligent young people, whose intelligence comes from real experiences, and their willingness to look into the mirror.

“They have raised the debate about mental health by exploring not simply what is done to us, but what we do to each other.”

One in four people will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime. The Revolving Door stresses how important it is for services and communities to work together to support those struggling to maintain good mental health.

The resource pack leads people along a learning pathway which challenges stigma and discrimination associated to mental health, which is aimed to improve practice and transform attitudes. 

Lakhvir Rellon, Director of Community Engagement, said: “Mental health and the community’s reaction to it remains one of the last taboos to blight our society.

“This innovative film, which is supported by the training pack, has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our partnership agencies, members of the trust and service users. It really challenges people to think about what they could do support Marcus, who is at the centre of the film.”

Anyone wishing to attend this event can contact the community engagement team on 0121 301 1060 to book their free place or email Jacqueline.tame@bsmhft.nhs.uk. This launch event will run from 6pm to 9.30pm.