JCI UK have announced their first major conference of the year: Mindful Matters.
The flagship conference, on March 2, is the cornerstone of a 12-month programme designed to raise awareness of mental health, and break down the many associated negative stereotypes.
The organisation, which is closely aligned with the United Nations and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has chosen to focus on SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing.
As part of this the JCI UK National Board, in particular Hannah Woodcock (Community Action Director) and Mark Smith (National President), have developed a series of events which aim to reduce the stigma of mental ill-health, and encourage members to take steps to improve their own wellbeing.
Mindful Matters: Step Up Your Mental Health Awareness, will feature panel discussions and presentations from a number of wellness professionals, including: Margaret Kilner, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Sheffield; Emma Kerrywood, Head of Residential Lettings and Property Management at Dacres Commercial; Marcin Badura, Legal Counsel at TAL Tax Audit Law, and Mark Smith, CEO of Make Your Mark UK.
“There are so many negative stereotypes and stigmas that come with mental ill-health, and we have a long way to go to break these views,” says Mark Smith, National President of JCI UK. “I’m very proud that JCI UK will be hosting this conference, allowing our members and others interested to have these conversations and gain advice for dealing with both their own mental health challenges, and those of their loved ones.”
Mindful Matters, sponsored by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, will take place on 2 March at Sheffield Central Fire Station, with catering provided by The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield. Tickets are available at https://www.jciuk.org.uk/events/mindful-matters-step-up-your-mental-health-awareness/