Rebecca Evans AM, the newly elected Assembly Member for Gower, has joined mental health carers from across the Wales at the launch of the Big Carers’ Tea Break at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.
Mrs Evans, who has a long-standing interest in mental health issues having previously been the Chair of the Cross Party Group at the National Assembly, met with carers at their Big Carers’ Tea Break. The event is driven by carers and supported by the mental health charity Hafal in partnership with Bipolar UK, Diverse Cymru, Carers Cymru, and Crossroads Mid and West Wales. The tea break gives carers a chance to take timeout, meet up and enjoy an afternoon tea whilst being able to chat with and provide mutual support to fellow carers.
Mrs Evans said:
“People who care for someone with a mental illness can experience particular challenges.
“These Carer’s Tea Breaks are an opportunity to show carers that they are appreciated, a chance for carers to meet with others in similar situations, and a chance for carers to find out about the enhanced rights that they now have as a result of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act which was passed by the last Welsh Labour Government in the Assembly.”
These events will be at the core of a wider mental health campaign over this Summer which will:
The Big Carers Tea Break will be coming to Swansea on 2nd September.
To find out if there is a BIG carers’ Tea Break in your area go to: www.hafal.org/bigcarersteabreak
The carer-led campaign is supported by Welsh mental health charity Hafal in partnership with Bipolar UK, Diverse Cymru, Carers Wales and Crossroads Mid & West Wales.
Further information can be found at: http://www.hafal.org/bigcarersteabreak/