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Mental Health and the Bosnian community seminar

Published: 05/07/2016

Tuesday 12th July 2016, 2pm – 4pm at the MAC, Cannon Hill Park, B12 9QH.

You are cordially invited to a seminar where we shall be sharing information about mental health and the Bosnian community in Birmingham. We shall also be marking the 21st anniversary of the genocide that took place in Srebrenica, and the events that took place which resulted in people being forced to leave their homes. Birmingham became home to the largest Bosnian community outside of the home country. The seminar is a valuable opportunity to learn more about this somewhat ‘invisible’ community, gain an understanding of how we can better serve service users with a Bosnian heritage, and form closer links with individuals and groups who can support recovery in the community.

Presenters:     
John Short – CEO of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust       

Amra Dautovic – Managing Director of MyTime*

You will learn about:

•    The demographics of the Bosnian Community in Birmingham

•    Some historical, religious and cultural context specific to the community

•    The journey from a war torn country to integrating in Birmingham

•    How trauma has impacted and continues to impact on the community

•   Eye witness account of recent delegation to Bosnia by our Chief Executive John Short 

•    Implications for service providers and staff
 
*Amra came to England in 1994 as a medical evacuee at the age of nine. At the time she could not speak English, but went on to achieve 13 GCSEs, a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a Masters in Forensic Psychology. Her struggle to understand why the horrific atrocities took place in her home country and help people in the aftermath has underpinned her academic and vocational journey. She was the winner of the international Barbro Sandin Award 2013 in recognition of the pioneering work with family mental health and trauma and the development of FACT – Family Action for Choice Tomorrow. She has been an interim Director of the Birmingham Mental Health Consortium for the past 2 years and currently is the Managing Director of MyTime – an organisation that delivers culturally sensitive mental health services with a focus on recovery in the community.
 
All are welcome - lunch will be provided.
 
If you would like to attend, please confirm by emailing Caroline.mitcham@bsmhft.nhs.uk . Please feel free to invite anyone you feel may have an interest in this area.