A banner was unveiled at this year’s Maindee festival by members of the Shana Bashana project to encourage discussion about mental health within diverse communities in the Newport area.

Shana Bashana means ‘shoulder to shoulder’ in Urdu, reflecting the group’s aims and ethos. It is run by the Ashiana women’s group based at Newport Mind and funded by Time to Change Wales, the first national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

Speaking at the festival, Time to Change Wales’ South Wales Coordinator Humie Webbe said:

“We had a great day at the Maindee festival and generated so much interest and support for the campaign which was down to our Champions’ enthusiasm throughout the day. Rahila and the Ashiana ladies are doing excellent work in Newport to provide opportunities for people from all backgrounds to start talking about mental health and help remove the stigma associated with mental illness.”

After an initial wet start the sun shone at the well-attended event. Time to Change Wales Champions Rachel, Hollie, Rahila and Lynette held a stand, welcoming members of the public, members of Newport Council and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Newport to provide information about mental health and the campaign.

Shana Bashana will host an all-day event at the Lysaght Institute in Newport on June 19 including workshops, refreshments, information stalls and other activities. To find out more or to book your place contact Rahila Hamid at Newport Mind.

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