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BAME Support Resources and Ally Information

We believe Black Lives Matter and black mental health matters.


In mental health – as in other areas of life – there is a huge disparity in how black people are listened to and supported at every level. People from black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups living in the UK are more likely to:

· be diagnosed with mental health problems

· be diagnosed and admitted to hospital

· experience a poor outcome from treatment

· disengage from mainstream mental health services, leading to social exclusion and a deterioration in their mental health.


Under the outdated Mental Health Act, Black people are more likely to be compulsorily admitted for treatment, more likely to be on a medium or high secure ward and more likely to be subject to seclusion or restrain.


We are working to make sure that everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the support and respect they deserve. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. We know there is a lot of work to do and we will fight for everyone.


Below are helpful links for BAME support and resources and information for allies.


Peer support online

Black Thrive a UK mental health partnership and are hosting Zoom chats on Fridays 4-5pm where people can discuss the current situation and how the lockdown is affecting. Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/549374164 Meeting ID: 549374164 Join by phone: 0203 481 5240 or 0208 080 6591 Visit www.blackthrive.org.uk

Self-care

  • Set boundaries - Take a break from the news and social media at this time, its okay

  • Digital detox - If you don’t want to take a break, please put some limits in place. Try to limit the amount of time you access the news and social media

  • Look at your engagement - Don’t spend your energy going back and forth with strangers on the internet whose aim it is to antagonise and invalidate

  • Get support where you can from friends or family. You may wish or find at this time that you may wish to seek the support of a therapist or online community

  • Only share what you are happy to share. Your story is yours alone and is valid

  • Take a break from talking from about everything find something that makes you happy

  • Meditation or prayer

  • Therapists/counselling: Please research BAME therapists, there are also free therapist network across the UK: The Free Psychotherapy Network https://tinyurl.com/ycuep4ag or Black and Asian Therapy Network


UK based organisations


Resources

Resources for organisations


South East and Central Essex Mind, 112a Southchurch Road

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2LX

Charity registration number 1148451