BLACK MENTAL HEALTH SERIES
Thursday 11th November 2021
Thursday 02nd December 2021
Research has shown that Back people are less likely to to access treatment for Mental Health conditions than other cultures.
The Patient Carer Race Equality Framework (PCREF) is a recommendation from the National Mental Health Act Review to eliminate the unacceptable racial disparity within Mental Health Services for Black communities.
It is a practical approach which aims to monitor areas of Access, Experience and Outcomes for Black people within the service.
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I got flowers today. It wasn’t my birthday or any other special day. We had our first argument last night. He said a lot of cruel things that really hurt me. I know he was sorry and didn’t mean the things he said. Because I got flowers today.
I got flowers today. It wasn’t our anniversary or any other special day. Last night, he threw me into a wall and started to choke me. It seemed like a nightmare. I couldn’t believe it was real. I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over. I know he must be sorry Because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today. It wasn’t Mother’s Day or any other special day. Last night, he beat me up again. And it was much worse than all other times. If I leave him, what will I do? How will I take care of my kids? What about money? I’ m afraid of him and scared to leave. But I know he must be sorry Because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today. Today was a very special day. It was the day of my funeral. Last night he finally killed me. He beat me to death.
If only I had gathered enough courage and strength to leave him, I would not have gotten flowers today.
This poem is dedicated to all the victims and survivors of Domestic Violence.
Suicide prevention day is an awareness day held every year on this day to provide action to prevent suicides around the world.
Suicide wears many faces , with more than 700,000 people dying by suicide worldwide each year. It is also the single biggest killer of men under 45.
The information here is just a start on ways we can support someone that is suicidal from a place of compassion and empathy.
There are many organisations who work around the clock to provide immediate support to those experiencing suicidal thoughts- a few of them are listed in this post.⠀
Please help to re-share for signposting information and additional services available as conversations have the potential to save someones life.
If someone you know tells you they’re experiencing suicidal feelings, listen, empathise and be non-judgemental. This can make them feel heard. And may encourage them to open up more. Don’t downplay their feelings or try to give advice. Let them talk for as long as they need to.
Then when they’re ready, you can think together about what is making them feel this way. Try to get a sense of what they feel has brought them to a place where things are so bad. Ask if there are any changes that could be made in their life to help take the pressure off in the short term.
Last of all, reassure them that you can find support together. Let them know that you care about them and you’re there for them. Show them that they are not alone. Say they can get through this. And they can get help and support.
Our mental health system is stacked against Black people. As a mental health charity, it’s vital we recognise this. Did you know that:
Despite being more likely to experience a mental health problem in adulthood, Black people are less likely to receive support.
Black women in the UK have higher rate of post-traumatic stress, are at higher risk of suicide and are more likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Black people are three times more likely to be the subject of ‘restrictive interventions’ such as being restrained or held in isolation while in hospital.
These inequalities are not acceptable. We will continue to fight for change in mental health services, in Black History Month and beyond.
Find out more about Black History Month and how to campaign for better services
Rachael experienced suicidal feelings. This is her advice to any young person going through something similar:
“I could never believe being told “it’ll get better” or “you’ll get through this”, so despite coming out the other side [of feeling suicidal] I’m not going to say that. Instead, I’m going to say that despite it being really hard, there will always be one thing that you want to live for. Find that one thing, as difficult as it may be to find, and hold onto it. That’s all you need to stay alive. And if staying alive is all you can manage right now, then just do that. Just hold onto the thing keeping you here and don’t let go.”
I specialise in all aspects of employment law, which includes, amongst other things, unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, ‘Whistleblowing’, TUPE, discrimination and all matters covered under the Equality Act 2010 (race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, religion or belief and age),
Discrimination Arising From Disability under Equality Act 2010. Knowledge is power but ignorance can lead to liability. Let’s take disability discrimination about which I discuss briefly in this video.
This video, “Whistleblowing Part 1,” follows on from the “Introduction to Public Interest Disclosure “Whistleblowing!”” video at https://youtu.be/cJcN6F5qEJY
As an organisation, we are committed to the following:
Work alongside anti racist charities
Liaise and convey reforms with local MPs
Review strategies with certified legal practitioners
Promote and distribute relevant online petitions
Work directly with the general public to review and validate their initiatives with the intention of turning an idea, into legal, lawful amendments
Legal employment advice
Referrals on various legal matters via our accredited partners
Corporate race relation training and workshops
WHAT WE DO We provide early intervention and prevention and tackle these issues at the root.
We help those most at risk through conflict resolution and to protect those from being exploited or caught up in bullying, Knife crime, peer pressure, county lines, crime, grooming, money laundering , gangs – either as victim or perpetrator.
Our engaging workshops help and support parents, young people and others de- glamourise this lifestyle. We highlight the reasons people get involved and the consequences of doing so and help young people make better choices.
Black Cultural Archives
The only national heritage centre dedicated to collecting, preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain.
is a free online school which offers a decolonised and inclusive curriculum of Black history, politics, psychology and sociology