Memo's from Sophia Nicholls, Executive Secretary of ASNA.

Reconnecting through the pandemic

10th October marked the World Mental Health awareness day. This day is celebrated annually to raise the awareness and spread education about mental health issues across the globe.

Mental health has come to focus in pandemic times like never before as people of all age groups and occupations bear the brunt of the 'new normal'. Health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions have been particularly affected.

"In recent years, there has been increasing acknowledgement of the important role mental health plays in achieving global development goals, as illustrated by the inclusion of mental health in the Sustainable Development Goals," according to World Health Organisation (WHO).

ASNA works to address the challenges of mental health and disabilities. We do this by providing a place where those living with disabilities and / or mental health have a place to share with those who understand the struggles. Our members and carers express 'Connecting and speaking to those who understand helps with the isolation and loneliness I sometime feel'

On the 5th - 7th November 2021, ASNA will host its annual Cares & Supporters Weekend - face to face. Having hosted over 60 face to face residential breaks for families and carers in the last 20 years, we are excited to get back to reconnecting for support and education. The weekend promises to be a place for support, making new friends and learning new skills.

ASNA is 20 years this year and this calls for a celebration! We will be celebrating our 20th year as part of the 20& counting campaign during the weekend and we look forward to further events marking the 20th Year.

If you would like to attend the weekend, please make your booking as soon as possible as places are limited.

Book Here to attend the weekend and let's reconnect.

Looking forward to RECONNECTING with you again!