Mental health: BME communities go unheard and ignored

People from West Yorkshire’s BME communities with mental health concerns feel ignored and struggle to find a voice, according to charity Touchstone. The mental health charity recently ran two consultation events with BME service users as part of a national independent review of the Mental Health Act.  Feedback from participants at the events in Leeds and Bradford suggested that some BME people also feel that racism is a key factor

2018-05-18T08:00:47+01:0018th May 2018|Blog, Research|

May 17th – International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17th and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. Commemorations have taken place in over 120 countries, in all world regions. Despite some legal and social advances in the past two decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) people continue to

2018-05-17T09:00:37+01:0017th May 2018|Blog, LGBT*|

Mental Health Awareness Week – the stress bucket

Vanysha and Adriana from the Mentally Healthy Leeds team use the stress bucket model as a visual aid, to show how we each have limited capacity for everyday stress factors, and that capacity may be different, depending on our life circumstances. This year, Mental Health Awareness Week (14th-20th May) is focussed on the theme of stress: why it happens, how we deal with it, how we can reduce it. Mentally

2018-05-14T08:00:50+01:0014th May 2018|Blog, Stress, Video|

World Asthma Day

Nazia from Better in Kirklees talks about living and working with asthma. Organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma, May 1st marks World Asthma Day 2018. It is a day committed to improve asthma awareness and care around the world, with this year marking its 20th anniversary. According to the World Health Organisation, 300 million people suffer from asthma globally, whilst it's the most common chronic disease that children get diagnosed with. In the UK,

2018-05-08T13:07:16+01:008th May 2018|Blog|

M.E. Week

Trying to find clear information on M.E. (myalgic encephalomyelitis) can be pretty tricky. There are many different opinions about what it is, who has it, what causes it and how (or if) it can be treated. It is also often referred to as CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), though not everyone agrees that the two terms should be interchangeable. According to the ME Association’s fact sheet: M.E. is classified by the

2018-05-07T08:00:58+01:007th May 2018|Blog|

Does Dance Matter?

International Dance Day falls on the 29th March each year. Each year prominent figures from the world of dance are asked to talk about why dance matters on a global and social level. Here are some of this year’s messages. Salia Sanou from Burkina Faso says: “…whether we like it or not, whether we recognize it or not, we all share, whatever the colour of our skin, whatever our origins,

2018-05-01T08:00:53+01:001st May 2018|Art, Blog, Community, Refuge and Asylum|

'The Meaning of Food' – Poem by Cha Da Cup & Ian Duhig

Touchstone, Pavilion and Ian Duhig are pleased to share their new poem ‘The Meaning of Food’. This poem was co-written by Ian Duhig and Touchstone’s Cha DaCup group, who have now ‘crossed the threshold’ to become published authors, as their poem has been featured in the recently released in ‘The Cookbook Project Sewerby Hall and Gardens’ by Ahilopalapa Rands. Ian worked with the Sikh Elder's Cha Da Cup group as

2020-04-17T10:56:21+01:0025th April 2018|Art, Blog, Celebrating Age, Dementia|

Love a Muslim Day

Touchstone IAPT would like to share some words of support and love on Love a Muslim Day.   I place immense value on the contribution of the Muslim community to Leeds and indeed to the whole country. At work I value and respect the immense contributions made by colleagues across the whole range of Touchstone services, from the Senior Management Team to the amazing diversity of our front line staff

2018-04-03T13:47:39+01:003rd April 2018|Blog, Diversity, Equality and Diversity|

Maybe I'm autistic – World Autism Awareness Day

On World Autism Awareness Day (2nd April), Touchstone's communication officer Ben Deutsch reflects on what autism is, how it can impact on working life and why some people might not seek a diagnosis. I consider myself autistic, but I don’t have a diagnosis for autism and I rarely use the word “autistic” in my life or my work. I definitely have a lot of traits that form part of the

2018-04-02T08:00:58+01:002nd April 2018|Autism, Blog|

Interwoven Histories – Touchstone's Service Users Share Their Life Stories at Leeds Industrial Museum

Image: Timothy Neat, The Victorian market and the city of Leeds (series) circa 1965-66. Copyright Timothy Neat. Touchstone’s BME Dementia Service has been working closely with art organisation Pavilion and sound artist Ryoko Akama to gather oral history recordings of the life stories and experiences of older people who were first generation migrant workers in textile factories in Leeds. These recordings are currently being showcased as part of Ryoko

2020-04-17T10:56:09+01:0028th March 2018|Art, Blog, Celebrating Age, Dementia|