22 May 2012
Mental Health and Dementia awareness weeks
AWP is putting mental health issues on the agenda for
discussion in our communities.
Aimed to tie-in with both Mental Health Awareness Week and
Dementia Awareness Week - running between 20 - 27 May - the range
of how we are engaging with people is imaginative and diverse.
On 22 May, Veterans' Therapist Linda Winn attended an open day
at HUSH (Help for Unsung Heroes) Farms at Branscombe in Devon.
"We work closely with HUSH farms as it benefits some combat
veterans," Linda told us. "This may be through handling the animals
under supervision. There is also an opportunity for some to
undertake activities leading to occupational certificates, for
example fork-lift driving, hedging through to chainsaw
The South West Dementias & Neurodegenerative Diseases
Research Network (DeNDRoN) are using Dementia Awareness week to
remind people across the entire region of the importance and
benefit of research. Research Network Manager Mary Griffin explains
why it matters so much: "Research is essential to improving
healthcare and enabling a better quality of life for everyone.
"South West DeNDRoN supports high quality research in patients
who have dementia, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and
Motor Neurone disease. Enabling service-users the opportunity to
participate in research trials provides access to novel
interventions and has been shown to improve clinical outcomes."
In Bristol, BME Community Development Worker Faiza Khaliq and
her colleagues from Rethink are taking over the town.
"We plan to go along Stapleton Road, St Pauls (Ashley Road, City
Road, Grosvenor road) and St Marks road, displaying information on
mental health promotion via posters (Time to Change), complimented
by postcards, leaflets and coasters," said Faiza.
"The range of shops and services covered will be newsagents,
barbers, hairdressers, butchers, restaurants, fast food,
pharmacies, clothes shops, grocery shops, GP surgeries, places of
worship and other agencies. We will also try the betting shops and
pubs. The aim will be covering the diverse BME area with the same
message, and in most places you look you will be able to see a
range of eye catching posters."