The Forum - Busy Getting Stronger is one of our partner organisations, based in Flitwick, and we work hard to support them when we can. We recently attended an event they organised at Redborne Upper School in Ampthill to help them highlight the importance of young people's mental health and wellbeing.

The event was well-attended with over 100 people there, and there were various speakers, including representatives from CAMHS and from the School Nursing Service, as well as a student who spoke powerfully about her eating disorder. The feedback from young people attending the event was very positive, with lots of requests for similar events in the future to explore other aspects of mental health. There were many organisations represented with stands as well as Mind BLMK, including CHUMS, Papyrus, and Healthwatch.

One of our supporters, Hannah Brown who has set up An Ear to Hear, a peer support service for Eating Disorder sufferers, was also there. Hannah recently donated £1,000 to Mind BLMK following a special fundraising event on our behalf.

Following the event, Hannah said:

This was my first experience of The Forum and as such it was a pleasure to be asked to attend by Richard and his incredible team. The evening proved to be both informative and incredibly inspiring whilst still managing to educate, break stigmas and forge relationships. 

What was so endearing was the passion that each speaker and contributor displayed that evening for the improvement of mental health services for all. I was so proud that AnEarToHear generated so much interest from the young people and it showed that collectively we can do so much more to improve the mental wellbeing of all school pupils if we pool our resources, incorporating all our expertise and knowledge.

Attending The Forum April 2018The Forum - Hannah Brown

© All photos are courtesy of Ben Peet.