While one in four of us will experience a mental health, rates of mental illness for people in the Black community are sometimes greater than for white people - and yet Black people are less likely to receive treatment. While The reasons behind the increase are complex, racism, discrimination and social inequality all have their part to play. Join us between 1 and 31 October to learn more about our work supporting the Black community.

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.