It is undeniable that the integration of mental health care in urban development is crucial as urban developers are continuously met with life altering challenges in the different vulnerable communities in which they work. To cultivate a resolution-based conversation around this much needed mental health care integration, The Mandela Bay Development Agency is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, 30th of June via Teams at 10:00am.
The webinar is part of larger MBDA conversations, with a series of webinars on the importance of mental health awareness in urban development. “These webinars aim to rally together academics, industry experts, development practitioners, civic society, public and private organisations to a place where they can share their knowledge and experiences on Urban and infrastructure development”, said MBDA Research, Innovation & NMB Science Center Manager, Singathwa Kuli.
The webinar guest speaker is the formidable pioneer, Charity Kiki Kennedy who is mental health advocate that is progressively passionate about the integration of mental health in different sectors of the economy.
“In as much as practitioners in urban development have challenges that relate to a variety of life-threatening issues, their work also extends beyond comprehensive as the ways in which development work and the built environment, such as buildings and housing as well as green spaces, create a positive mental shift for its occupants and the larger community, thus assisting communities have improved mental health capacity”, added Kuli.
The MBDA Conversations are crucial in providing a platform where the practitioners can reflect and dissect current trends, be innovative as well as discuss challenges and solutions in the development field.