Before kicking off with the main speakers our secretary, Laura Pryke, asked us to vote on the WI organ donation resolution. This resolution, if passed, would encourage people to talk about organ donation and share their wishes with family and friends. We look forward to hearing the outcome!
|Belles, LadyBirds and Cam City|
Following Deborah, Laura then braved the spotlight with her personal talk on living with anxiety. This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week took the theme of anxiety, asking ‘Are you anxiety aware?’. Laura helped make us all aware by explaining about panic attacks, how best to care for someone experiencing anxiety and positive ways to look after yourself if you suffer from anxiety.
|Anxiety Girl by University of Greenwich medical students|
Laura was given much praise by Dr Chess Denman herself, psychiatrist and Medical Director of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Chess very kindly gave up her Wednesday evening to speak to us about her work and give an overview of how mental health issues can affect us at different stages of life. Her extremely inspiring and funny talk about mental heath was open and refreshing. Chess mixed serious factual information with personal experiences and eye-opening anecdotes that increased our awareness of mental health issues and also helped reassure that they can be normal experiences that anyone could face and come through. A huge thank you to Chess!
To see Chess in action, check out her talk on personality disorders here.
|Dr Chess Denman|
|One of Mel’s beautiful rings|
And finally, a big thanks to the fabulous Kara who made our awesome Belles bunting which we will proudly display at meetings and events. Keep an eye out for us!
|Blue Belles bunting|