Mental health message at Vaisakhi

L-R Suki Kaur, Jeet Matharu and Philip Silverman at the Vaisakhi Mela

Coventry and Warwickshire Mind is delighted to have attended the Vaisakhi Mela at the War Memorial Park in Coventry, to help break down the stigma around mental health and promote the services we provide across the area.

It was our second year at the hugely popular annual event and particular thanks go to Coventry and Warwickshire Mind staff, Suki Kaur, Philip Silverman and Jeet Matharu, for holding the stand along with our community-based service user Anthony Rushton. Anthony helped all day and was happy talking to the public about how Coventry and Warwickshire Mind’s support has given him so much.

A fantastic £73 was raised in donations from the public. Thank you to everyone who donated.

Speaking of the event in April, Suki Kaur said: “Again, like last year, it was a great success. We had around 200 people approach us and ask about our services.

“We also had other services approach us and thank us for doing a great job in the community. Radio presenters from Sikh Channel, whose studio is based in Birmingham, asked us to come into their breakfast show to talk about our services. This channel is broadcasted all over Europe.

“Hopefully we will continue promoting Coventry and Warwickshire Mind at the Vaisakhi Mela in future to help those individuals and families who struggle to speak about their mental wellbeing, as it is still a big stigma in Asian communities.”