Bend so you don't break
A mental health & wellbeing discussion
Wednesday 21st June 2017
6.00pm – 8.30pm
Black Cultural Archives, Brixton
Wellbeing and mental health is a concern for everyone, regardless of race, status, class, and power. There are many positive steps being taking by businesses and local communities to break down the stigma and silence around mental health, but more needs to be done.
Bernard P. Achampong - Radio Producer & Digital Content Editor
Ama Afrifa-Kyei - Diversity & Wellbeing Consultant
Shaaban Waziri Juma - Complex needs specialist at St Mungo's | Co-Chair of BAME Network
Beverley East MGA, CDE, CAM, DPGA – Author, Graphologist, Forensic Document Examiner & Grief Counselor
After 14 years in the private and public sector in London she made an unusual career change to study Handwriting analysis. She established her company Strokes & Slants in the late 80’s. She has practiced the science of Forensic Document Examination for over 28 years becoming a leading expert. She is the only woman of colour worldwide court qualified expert, many government agencies retain her expertise in areas of fraud and Money Laundering matters.
She was appointed to the Ethics committee of the International Association of Document Examiners in 2015. She has contributed to many high profile cases that have been televised.
Her first book “Finding Mr. Write” (Random House) was an international best seller after appearing on “Good Morning America” with Diane Sawyer. She is a leading expert throughout the Caribbean region examining documents.
Beverley hosts accredited sold out seminars through the General Legal Counsel.
She provides profiling for recruitment selection for major corporations in the US, Brazil and Jamaica.
She has received many literary accolades and another fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts VCCA, where she completed her third book “Bat Mitzvah Girl - Memories of a Jamaican child”
I have worked as a grief counsellor for various organisations over 25 years globally.
1. worked with SIDS in the UK - grief counsellor for mothers of still born births
2. Set and ran a support group for Mothers of Murdered children in Washington DC when DC was the murder capital of the world.
3. I have had direct and personal experience with mental health issues with two members of my family
4. I have befriended and have counselled a young woman on death row in Texas for over twenty years when she was suicidal
5. I have been apart of many support groups and organisations as a speaker/facilitator on #wellness #health workshops
A huge part of breaking down the silence around mental health, making people feel comfortable sharing their experiences, and providing mental health care, is making sure mental health is seen as equally important to physical health.
We need action from big brands, the government, and people with influence to provide and advocate for mental health care.
But we also need a change in thinking on an individual level.
We need to start valuing our own mental health as equally important as our physical health.
That starts with the way we treat it.
Info: 07772 527 813 / 07545 156 111