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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Stereo-Hype Birmingham 2014

Stereo-Hype is coming to The Mac in Edgbaston (B12 9QH) on the Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15.

Following the success of the Stereo Hype Festival in London last year, Time to Change and BSMHFT are sponsoring a 2 Day Stereo-Hype Festival in Birmingham.

Stereo-Hype is a unique, inspiring and stimulating festival that challenges mental health discrimination experienced by African and Caribbean Communities through music, theatre, dance and debate.

Stereo-Hype identifies issues, questions stereotypes and challenges audiences, organisations and service users to think differently about mental health and to talk openly about issues in order find innovative and practical solutions to improve mental well- being.

This year's festival will be themed around the subject of ‘Shared Problems - Shared Solutions’. The event will promote the idea that improving the mental health experience of African and Caribbean communities is not just the responsibility of the communities affected but should be shared by services and organisations.

It will feature performances and discussions from a wide community of international and local artists, service users and professionals.
Last year's Festival attracted over 700 people and created a great opportunity for members of the public and volunteers to have open conversations about mental health whilst engaging in lots of activities, hearing great performances and having lots of fun!

Stereo-Hype Needs Volunteers

Come and be part of the conversation. During the weekend, volunteers help to tackle stigma and discrimination by having meaningful conversations about mental health and wellbeing with the people who have come to the festival. Just by being themselves and talking about mental health, wellbeing and their own lived experience, our volunteers challenge stereotypes and break down stigma and discrimination.

This is an exciting opportunity to use your skills and knowledge to increase understanding about mental health. One in four of us will be affected by mental health problems within any given year. By talking about your own experience, you will challenge stereotypes and misunderstandings about mental health problems. We will provide you with full training beforehand. Come and get involved and be part of the social movement to end mental health discrimination.
In return you will recieve:

  • Full training before the event on how to speak to the public
  • Support on the day from a dedicated volunteer coordinator
  • Travel expenses of up to £15 to attend one training session
  • Travel expenses of up to £15 will also be provided to attend the event on one or two days (you can claim up to £30 if you volunteer on both days)
  • Refreshments
  • A Time to Change T-shirt
  • The chance to be a big part of the biggest ever movement to end mental health stigma and discrimination in England and to have lots of fun at the same time!
For more details please email: volunteer@time-to-change.org.uk or call  07876 500 062

You can register on line by visiting: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/stereo-hype2