14 February 2017

A new Luton charity formed to help break the stigma that surrounds mental health is being supported by the Trust.

Our Minds Matter has been set up by University of Bedfordshire PhD student Jolel Miah to help people have healthy and open discussions about mental health.

The Trust’s carers lead for Luton, Catherine Aganoglu, is vice chair of the charity.

Financial support is also being provided by the Trust for the first Our Minds Matters conference which is on Thursday 16 February, 2017.

The theme for the event is Faith and Culture: Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health in Luton.

It will be held at the university’s postgraduate centre in Vicarage Street, Luton, from 9.30am-3.30pm.

The conference will explore how faith and culture can support mental wellbeing, how the stigma around mental health can be broken across different cultures and how students from diverse cultures and faiths can be supported to safeguard their mental wellbeing.

Guests will hear from a service user who suffered from a mental health illness and find out how her culture and faith contributed to her recovery. 

University vice chancellor Bill Rammell and the Mayor of Luton, Cllr Tahir Khan, will also speak at the conference, along with Ben Salmons from the Trust’s Break the Stigma campaign and spiritual care advisor Satyin Taylor.

The conference is free and open to all. Visit Eventbrite to register.