Mental health is still quite a taboo subject and breaking down those barriers to talking openly remains quite a challenge but one group in Surrey is hoping to get those conversations going this weekend. End Stigma Surrey is a campaign to raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental health. As well as providing support, training, and raising awareness, End Stigma Surrey are launching an event called Love Without Labels to celebrate and support LGBTQ+ people in the community. It’s a free event of music and presentation hosted by drag queen Tiana Biscuit and a headline performance by Surrey Rainbow Choir, Surrey’s only dedicated LGBTQ+ choir, all taking place this Saturday 4th November afternoon at Bourne Hall in Ewell.
More details on Epsom and Ewell Times event page HERE
Organiser Joe Stroud said “isolation can be a problem for a lot of people who may be intimidated to approach groups and organisations trying to look for support. We’re hoping this event will give people confidence and boost our collective sense of community spirit”.
The aim is to create an environment to spotlight LGBTQ+ groups in the community and celebrate this with an uplifting day of pop tunes from David Bowie, Madonna, Billie Eilish and more. A strong focus on the day will be the wellbeing and the mental health of our community with the relaunch of Outline, an LGBTQ+ listening service, but it’s also a great opportunity to meet people and socialise with several Surrey community groups who are taking part.
Oscar Hoyle from Blossom LGBT says, “we are predominantly focused on empowering LGBTQ+ people to live meaningful empowered lives where they don’t face discrimination or the fear of discrimination”.
End Stigma Surrey is commissioned by Surrey County Council Public Health and delivered by three well established not for profit organisations in Surrey, Catalyst, Mary Frances Trust (both of whom run Community Connections in Surrey) and Acting Out Productions which provides drama-based training and awareness raising.
Love Without Labels, a day of celebration and community in support of LGBTQ+ Mental Health! This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and supported by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council. Free tickets can be applied for here