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Mental Health & The Black Community: Prison by Another Name?
Sat 25 March 2017, 12:00 – 16:00 GMT
We are pleased to be working with Mind in Haringey to bring you this service user-led forum. You are guaranteed to leave with new insights regarding BME mental health so join us on March 25th as we continue the conversation.
This forum provides real insight into the lives and experiences of young black men & women who have been through the mental health system. Expect powerful first-hand accounts regarding the institutional injustice that occurs within the UK mental health system and find out what we as a community can do to combat it.
Author and youth worker Emeka Egbuonu will be presenting on "Youth Mental Health & Education: The Vicious Cycle"
Service user Eche will be taking you on a tour of the mental health system; highlighting the injustices permeating the system, from sectioning to discharge into the community.
http://findabalance.org/ will also be sharing insights into BME mental health.
This Event Is For:
- Those that have been through the mental health system
- Service users that need support
- Concerned family and friends
- Everyone else who is interested in the topic of black mental health
Speak with professionals from the field and mental health services available within the community.
We will also be hearing from Samantha Francis, the founder of Find a Balance. It's an organisation that provides bespoke mental health support, specialising in the BME community.
Participate in the interactive breakout sessions where questions will be raised and we will work towards building a community-based action strategy.
- What barriers exist in the community in regards to accessing support?
- What are the risk factors in enhancing mental ill health?
We are 100% independent and we always keep it real, raw and uncut. Limited seating available, register to avoid disappointment
Black men are 17 times more likely to be diagnosed with a psychotic illness when compared to their white counterparts, 44 % more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act, and 29% more likely to be subjected to control and restraint measures to coerce them into mental health services. Black men are also twice more likely to be referred to mental health services through Police or Court services than their white counterparts.