The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) recently supported a conference on Mental Health, Abuse and Culture in the Black Community.

Held at St Mary’s Church on Bramall Lane, the conference was led by Adira, a charity which aims to support mental health in the black community.

The event hosted stalls and speakers on different topics, with workshops in the afternoon allowing further discussion. Some of the topics covered by speakers included ‘thriving and not just surviving’; the Mental Health Act; and the impact of knife crime.

The VRU had a stall at the event, with businesses, charities, and South Yorkshire Police also having stalls.

Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: “The VRU was pleased to support this conference, which brought together key partners from across South Yorkshire.

“It was good to see so many people there, and to hear such interesting presentations and discussions over the course of the day.

“I would like to thank Adira and the other organisations who made this event possible. I hope to strengthen these partnerships in our future work.”