Last week, The Future Leaders Club and The Kaleidoscope Plus Group invited people from all walks of life to come together, share ideas, and co-design community ventures to raise awareness of mental health to contribute towards a white paper.

Special guests over the two days included Councilor Paulette Hamilton, Mental Health Champion for Birmingham City Council and Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Detective Chief Inspector Sean Russell, Director of the West Midlands Combined Authority Mental Health Commission and Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq.

The AddVenture Weekend was hosted at BPP University of Birmingham and was a collaboration of multiple organisations coming together including representatives from the NHS, West Midlands Police, Time To Change, West Midlands Ambulance Service, West Midlands Combined Authority and Birmingham City Council – all which was led by The Future Leader Club’s Jazz Singh.

Corporate Business Development and Research Manager, Dave Pickard attended the weekend and believes it helped raise awareness of mental health.

He said; “The AddVenture Weekend helped remove the stigma attached to mental ill health and left AddVenturers with a better understand of mental illness and the detrimental impact it can have on individuals.”

Building and Conferencing Coordinator, Sarah lynch was also at the AddVenture Mind weekend, she added: “Producing content towards a white paper at end the of the weekend really made participants feel like they were making a difference towards ending the stigma attached to mental illness whilst becoming social innovators.”