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Promoting good mental wellbeing at Exeter Respect Festival

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News, Recovery and wellbeing on 4th June, 2019

This coming weekend sees the welcome return of the annual event that is Exeter Respect Festival – the city’s family friendly celebration of ethnic diversity with music, dance, food, arts and crafts from all around the world. The event is taking place in Belmont Park in Exeter on Saturday and Sunday 8-9 June and this year will be dedicated to the victims of mosque attacks in Christchurch New Zealand. There will be an opportunity to sign a memorial wall at the event.

Staff will be out in force to promote our services. TALKWORKS, DAANA (Devon Adult Autism and ADHD Service) and the West of England Specialist Gender Identity Clinic will all be at the event at some point over the weekend.

Clinical Psychologist Hazel Went comments: “DAANA will be at the event on Saturday 8 June. We have had a great response for the past few years, talking about autism and ADHD with members of the public and clients who come and find us. This is an opportunity for us to promote understanding of neurodiversity, both amongst the public and amongst the other services who attend the festival. We hope to see as many people there as possible!”

“This will be the first year for the West of England Specialist Gender Identity Clinic to be at the Respect festival, having previously attended Pride for several years.” says Senior Named Professional Mo Low. “For us, respect is a feeling or action showing that we care, and have concern and consideration for the needs and feelings of people who use our service. We hope to share this with people attending the festival as well as raising awareness of the topic of gender. We will be there all weekend. Please come along and say hello, and help us to celebrate the diversity of gender identity and expression.”

TALKWORKS Clinical and Service Manager Sue Pike comments: “The Respect Festival is a good opportunity for TALKWORKS to reach out and be inclusive. We will be promoting the importance of good mental wellbeing and helping counter the stigma that can still surround seeking help for emotional difficulties, such as depression and/or anxiety.”

Find out the full line-up for the event here.