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Ujima Radio supports the #timetotalk

Talking Positively About Mental Health – Show 1 – OSC Takeover Special

On Monday 15th February, Ujima Radio joined the #timetotalk campaign about Mental Health awareness on the Old Skool Cruising Show with The G-Man and Helly.

The show featured two representatives from the University West of England, Kaltuun Mirreh and Alex Mormoris. Kaltuun gave fascinating insights from the Somali community, not fully accepting or acknowledging mental illness as being a medical condition, with some seeing it as a curse. Alex highlighted the importance of men talking about their feelings, even if just talking casually with a friend, as three quarters of thousands of suicides each year are committed by men aged fewer than 50.

Mental health prog 2 guests

The G-Man went out into the community to the Greenway Centre, Southmead where he interviewed:

Monira Ahmed: Community Access Support Service – Mental Health and the importance of tackling it in BAME communities
Letty Anderson: Community Access Support Services pt 1 – The event at Greenway Centre, Southmead
Letty Anderson: Community Access Support Services pt 2 – Services Provided by CASS
Alv Hirst: Golden Key Peer Mentors Scheme
Nick Wills, Rachel Caddick and Paul Waterworth: St Mungo’s ACE Service
Collette Brown: Health Alternatives – Southmead Development Trust
Liz Andrews: Time to Change. Former service user and counsellor

Helly gave her top tips on how to keep a healthy, positive attitude. Get into a routine. Set Goals. Exercise. Eat Healthy. Get enough sleep. Take on responsibilities. Acknowledge your feelings.

In the second hour, The G-Mans’ special guests were Rachel Barclay and Millie from Two-Way Street, an organisation which helps African and Caribbean members of the community with mental health issues, get their life back on track. Millie is a client and said she wouldn’t know where she would be without them; they have made such a positive impact in her life.

As always The G-Man delivered great tunes from a special Old Skool playlist to match the theme:

Think – Aretha Franklin. Mood – Chante Moore. Positive – Omar. Therapy – Mary J Blige. You Are Not Alone – Pam Hall. Unpretty – TLC. Happiness – Soul II Soul.  Happy People – R. Kelly.

This show covered a wide range of interesting topics and conversations within mental health, so if you want to listen again follow this link:

Also don’t forget to come along to the Emotional Wellbeing event at the Rose Green Centre, Gordon Road, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 7DR on Wednesday 24th Feb 1pm-4pm to share your voice and break down the stigma surrounding mental health.

Show Two for #timetotalk about Mental Health Awareness.

Bristol’s Big Conversation with Roger Griffith on Ujima Radio 18th February 2016

Listen again to our 2nd #timetotalk Mental Health Awareness special with our panel of experts

We discussed mental health services with providers and commissioners over a one hour programme.

Key Points included:

  • General information on mental health and well-being.
  • Tackling perceptions of mental health issues in the community.
  • Access to services in Bristol and the local community such as  Nilaari.
  • Funding and resources for specific communities and access of services and agencies.
    • The role of City Partnerships.
    • What is different about mental health service provision for BAME communities?
      • The future and building on what works.

Our thanks to our panel of experts Jean Smith – Nilaari, Narinder Chana – Rethink – Community Development Worker, Glen Townsend – Mental Health And Learning Disabilities, Bristol Commissioning Group, Muhammad Al-Sharaf – Bristol Inner City Mental Health Team

Our final programme in the series is the Positive Mental Health Playlist with the G-Man AKA Roger Griffith on Monday 22nd February at 4pm on the Old Skool Cruising Show with great music form Marvin Gaye, Portishead, Amy Winehouse and Kanye West.

Shows Produced and Presented by Roger Griffith and OSC Team Helly Dudley (Assistant Presenter) and Mike Allen (Editor) Abby (Guest Presenter).

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