About the event
This event is an opportunity to talk about mental health and well-being in the BAME community over chai.
We aim to create a supportive environment for women who have experienced mental health illness. We encourage the use of culture to discuss issues that matter to us and our holistic health. During the event, we welcome the women to express themselves through spoken word, poetry, storytelling, singing, dance etc.
Why should you sponsor?
The Chai & Chat event was inspired by Arawelo, a Warrior Queen who empowered the women of the time and continues to do so to this day. We want to encourage the women in the BAME community to take active steps to tackle mental health issues within the community. We can do this through this event because we use culture as a tool to tackle and break down some of the barriers such as language, stigma and taboos when it comes to talking about mental health or accessing mental health services.
Your support of this event means we can host a new service that uses the strengths of the diverse BAME community to encourage seeking out mental health services when they need them and to take preventative measures wherever possible.
Our event will be lead by a mental health professional who is well experienced in their field. This is to ensure that the discussions are lead by evidence-based guidance and to create a safe environment for the women who attend the event.
WHO states that 1 in 4 experience mental health illness in their lifetime. And that BAME communities have a very low uptake of the wide services available. Some of the barriers to this include stigma within the various BAME communities, communication problems, lack of understanding of what is actually available. We break these barriers through our Chai & Chat event because we take into account the existence of these barriers and use culture as means of overcoming them.
When you sponsor our event, you are making sure that vulnerable women within the BAME community can access information and support that they otherwise would not consider using.