This World Mental Health Day we wanted to let you know you are not alone: we all know that Black/POC with mental health problems face different hurdles to their white counterparts. So we have compiled of service providers who are more tailored to the needs of Black, Asian and POC people with mental health problems, who may also have to contend with racism, inequality and mental health stigma. (main image Dr. Joy Therapy for Black Girls Podcast)
Did you know this? Rates of mental health problems can be higher for some BAME groups than for White people. For example:
- Black men are more likely to have experienced a psychotic disorder in the last year than White men
- Black people are four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than White people
- older South Asian women are an at-risk group for suicide
- refugees and asylum seekers are more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population, including higher rates of depression, anxiety and PTSD
If you are some you know is struggling here are some service that might help.
Black Minds Matter’s mission is to connect Black individuals and families with free mental health services — by professional Black therapists to support their mental health. To make this happen, they want to make mental health topics more relevant and accessible for all Black people in the U.K., removing the stigma and remodelling the services to be relevant for the Black community.
We are lifting the silence on mental health issues and raising awareness in communities. By opening up the conversation and developing services, we are ensuring that people can find and receive the support they need.
Therapy for black girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. They offer women a chance to not only find an appropriate therapist, but also access resources and discussions around mental health without stigma.
At best, racial discrimination is annoying as f*ck – at worst, it can take a huge toll on your health. That’s not how it should be. That’s why we’re creating guided journaling prompts + community so we can rise together. Our mission is to create inclusive spaces where womxn of colour (woc) have the tools to decompress and think about the challenges specific to us. Our lives are shaped by narratives. For woc, that narrative is often taken away from us, and turned into the characters of other people’s stories. It’s time for us to take our stories back and write them down in our own words. Writing down the power of your own story is just that – powerful. Our goal is to empower unstoppable woc.
BAATN is the U.K’s largest community of mental health professionals for people of Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean heritage. They connect people to therapists around the UK and provide free resources and services as well.
Rainbow Noir is a volunteer led social, peer support and community action group, which celebrates and platforms people of colour who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and/or Intersex (LGBTQI). We exist to provide a voice for LGBTQI people of colour in Greater Manchester and the North West. As a community and as individuals we are too often silenced or forgotten about. We strive to influence change within and outside of the LGBTQI community on a local and a national level. As well as a commitment to represent and platform LGBTQI people of colour and our communities, one of our soul aims from our very beginning, is been to create a space of our own, places to feel safe, where LGBTQI people of colour can meet, hang out, form friendships and find community. We create monthly social spaces both online and in person.
In March 2019, Mind launched a brand new programme working with young Black men. The three year programme works with 11 to 30 year-olds by offering a range of tailored local services working specifically with young Black men. The aim of the programme is to increase understanding of mental health problems, reduce the stigma surrounding them and learn about how and where to seek help when you need it. The programme has been guided by a steering group of nine young Black men, who use their insights and experience to guide the programme. We are working with five local Minds to deliver this programme: Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, Lambeth and Southwark Mind, City, Hackney and Waltham Forest Mind, Mind in Haringey and Leeds Mind.
We improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through our network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning. Our goal is to make sure everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.
Black Thrive is a partnership between communities, statutory organisations, voluntary and private sector. They work together to reduce the inequality and injustices experienced by Black people in mental health services. They address the barriers which lead to poorer outcomes across a range of social factors, such as education, employment, housing, and so on, all of which may negatively impact one’s health and wellbeing.
The 100 Black Men of London is a community-based charity led by Black men delivering programmes and activities focused on Mentoring, Education, Economic Empowerment, and Health & Wellness. We have been serving our community since 2001, and impacting thousands of lives through the work we do.
Sharing Voices Bradford (SVB) is a community development mental health organisation actively supporting and working with diverse minority communities of Bradford. Sharing Voices Bradford was established on the basis that an individual’s mental health experiences often arise from issues around: poverty, racism, unemployment, loneliness, family conflicts, relationship difficulties, and other socio-economic and personal factors that cannot be merely understood through biological terms alone. Understanding where an individual is, on their journey of recovery, listening to peoples own explanation and helping find solutions based on their needs, is a key part of our work. We are committed to working with BME communities and service providers to improve services and promote mental health well being for people living with mental distress. We look forward to working with you to achieve our aims and objectives.