With Mental Health Awareness Week fast approaching, residents are invited to attend a debate that aims to shine the spotlight on stress.
This year, as Worcestershire has become a regional hub for Time to Change and is working to challenge stigma and discrimination, we are looking to do something a little bit different for Mental Health Awareness Week.
Worcestershire Time to Change hub partners including Community First and The University of Worcester have gathered together a range of experts with academic and practical experience from around the county to debate with us the impact of shame on mental health and wellbeing.
The debate which asks "What is the impact of shame on mental health and wellbeing?" will be hosted in the Lecture Theatre at the University of Worcester's Riverside Campus on Thursday 17th May between 6-8pm.
During this twilight session we will be going beyond the clinical perspectives of mental health, stress and shame, and together start to shine a light on what impacts on mental wellbeing and health in Worcestershire and what differences a change in perspective might make.
Research has shown that 16 million people experience a mental health problem each year and stress is a key factor in this.
Frances Howie, Director of Public Health at Worcestershire County Council said: "We are delighted that this event is taking place as mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. Research shows that there are strong links between stress, mental health and shame, and we need to do more across the county to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing''
During the event, a panel with a wide range of experience in mental health including personal experience will illustrate and debate a series of questions:
- What causes people to feel shame?
- How do men and women experience shame, (how does it affect how we think, feel, behave, perform and perceive ourselves, others and the world)?
- What can we do differently in Worcestershire to lessen any impact of shame on the mental health and wellbeing of all sections of our society?
- What would that mean for our public services, our workplaces, our schools, housing and community?
The audience will be invited to put forward questions for the panel.