Black History Month 2020 - Black Mental Health Matters

October is #blackhistorymonth

History has shown that racism has impacted on Black people’s mental health - from diagnosis to access to and quality of services and treatment. It continues to shape the lives and mental health of Black people today.⁠

With the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on Black people, it has further shown the inequalities within the system and in turn will have made many people’s mental health worse at an already difficult time. We have campaigned alongside the most marginalised and discriminated against. We also recognise the white privilege inherent in our own organisation and we are committed to addressing this.

South East and Central Essex Mind believes Black Lives Matter and Black Mental Health Matters. In mental health there is a huge disparity in how black people are listened to and supported at every level.

Black people are four times more likely to be detained, and more likely to be restrained and isolated under the outdated Mental Health Act. Find out more about the Mental Health Act review and the Coronavirus Act 2020.

2020 has held a mirror up to the world and forced many to see the reality of racism in all its guises. From Black people dying disproportionately in the pandemic, to the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor igniting #BlackLivesMatter protests around the world. This year has sparked a commitment among many individuals and organisations to educate themselves about Black history, heritage and culture – as part of understanding racism and standing in solidarity against it.

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.

We recommend taking a look at: The Black Curriculum The History Corridor (Instagram @thehistorycorridor)

BAME Support Resources and Ally Information - SECE Mind Blog How To Protect Your Mental Health In The Fight Against Racism - SECE Mind Blog Young Black Men Project - National Mind

UK based organisations:

There are a number of other organisations which may be useful for finding information and support specifically if you are BAME, including: 

The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network provides psychological and complementary therapist directories and signposts to local services.   

Muslim Youth Helpline provides pioneering faith and culturally sensitive services to Muslim youth in the UK. 

National Mind's peer support directory lists peer support services in England by area. Some of these have a particular focus on support for people from different BAME communities. See National Mind's information pages on peer support to find out more about peer support, what types there are, how it can help and how to access it. 


Resources for organisations

South East and Central Essex Mind, 112a Southchurch Road

Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 2LX

Charity registration number 1148451