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Traveller Movement conference: The Intersection of Poverty, Inequality and Mental Health

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The return of the Traveller Movement's in-person conference.

Traveller Movement conference: The Intersection of Poverty, Inequality and Mental Health

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Lambeth Town Hall, 1 Brixton Hill, London SW2 1RW

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The Traveller Movement's Annual Conference; The Intersection of Poverty, Inequality and Mental Health will be held at Lambeth Town Hall on Thursday 17th November 2022.

The UK is experiencing multiple, interconnecting crises. The Covid-19 pandemic – and its associated policy responses – continues to produce disproportionate outcomes for minority communities in myriad ways that will be outlined in the forthcoming independent public inquiry.

In addition to the health inequalities created or entrenched by the pandemic, people from a wide variety of backgrounds are experiencing the most significant cost-of-living crisis in decades.

The impacts of this cost-of-living crisis is having a devastating impact on people in the UK, who have endured a lost decade of wage stagnation and reduced access to benefits and other public services due to the political choice of austerity.

Economic struggles are simultaneously affecting, and are affected by, an unfolding mental health emergency. Waiting times for Children and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) now routinely exceed a year, and thousands of children and young people have attempted suicide whilst still waiting for treatment.

The Conference will begin with a welcome from the Chair, the Keynote Address and then a discussion with two panels. Panel 1 will look at Ending the Stigma by exploring how the mental health and wellbeing of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are affected by economic and civil inequalities, discrimination, cultural expectations, and structural barriers in accessing employment and services.

Panel 2 will look at The cost-of-living and will look at navigating the impact of spiralling energy prices on poverty and pre-existing economic inequalities for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities; and considering the policy interventions and support required for economic inclusion and social justice.

The second half of the conference will then be split into a choice of four workshops before returning for a plenary session.

The workshops will include; Making Ends Meet; We need to talk about Suicide; No right way to be a Traveller and See us, hear us, don't forget us!

This is a our first return to in person conference since 2019 and we are very excited. You do not want to miss this one!