International Women’s Day event

One of our Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner’s, Iram Maan, part of the Dudley Talking Therapy Service team, attended an Aspire Women’s Network event yesterday. Held at The Venue in Dudley, the aim of the event was to raise awareness of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities. IAPT services offer evidence based treatments for people suffering with anxiety and depression.

By speaking about the services available, it is hoped to encourage more referrals from BME communities, as they are currently underrepresented within IAPT services. Leaflets and booklets in a variety of languages were distributed, and information around being able to self-refer was provided. This all works towards breaking down barriers for access to mental health support, and making sure it is both promoted and accessible to all communities.

Over 200 women attended the event, and guests also included Dudley councillor Qadar Zada , the mayor, and mayoress. After a great turnout, and this important information being spread more widely, it is hoped that psychoeducation groups will be delivered in a wider range of languages in the future.