We know that black people are more likely to experience mental illness but are less likely to receive the mental health care support they need. And we know that this is partly due to the stigma around mental health in some minority ethnic communities. But we also know that these racial disparities in mental health service access and treatment stem from historical and societal prejudice, racism and discrimination.
"Black History Month is not just a time to recognise and celebrate the resilience and achievements of Black people – past and present, it continues to be a vehicle for us to recommit to driving out racism from our places of work and wider society."
- Peter Alleyne, Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Race Equality.
During Black History Month, we will highlighting the work of our groups and services and hearing from people within the black community about their experiences. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, and help share our message of hope.
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) mental health
If you’re from a Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background, you may face specific issues relating to your mental health. This page gives information on your options for support and treatment to help with these issues.
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If trauma can be passed down through generations, so can joy
Psychotherapist and author Lola Jaye explains that although the issue of racism is more embedded in society’s consciousness, the effects of historical and systemic racism are still having far-reaching effects on the mental health of Black people.
Read more If trauma can be passed down through generations, so can joy