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Mind Up my Street: A Youthled Journey Towards Resilience

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Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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Birmingham

B1 2EP

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Though the recently ended Delivering Race Equality initiative has achieved some local success in tackling ethnic inequality, young African-Caribbean men continue to be disproportionally overrepresented at the more restrictive end of the UK mental health system. There is also a wealth of indicators showing this group fares particularly badly in relation to other forms of mental health support.

Mind, Up My Street Projects in Birmingham and The Integrate Movement have been collaborating to pilot innovative approaches to build young African Caribbean Men’s resilience and to explore the added value of adopting an approach called Streetherapy. These approaches aimed to engage earlier with young African Caribbean men before they experience mental health problems.

The Centre for Mental Health has been independently evaluating these exciting approaches using a mixed evaluation methodology.

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This free half day national conference seeks to bring together mental health providers, commissioners and African Caribbean communities to share extensive learning and good practice emerging through these innovative approaches.

Young African and Caribbean men will be sharing their personal stories and offering insights into their journey and how they have informed this process

You will also hear from 3 local projects actively engaging excluded young men to help them find positive ways to build their resilience and stay well.

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Plenary discussions will be followed by an interactive workshop focusing on how to implement good practice (using Up My Street and Streetherapy principles/approaches) and exploring challenges and solutions to evidencing change

Hot Food provided!

For more information please contact Mind Senior Equality Improvement Officer Sarah-Jane on 0208 215 2372 or email s.nii-adjei@mind.org.uk

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Who should attend this event?

  • Local health and social care commissioners
  • Local Minds & Other Mental health providers
  • Professionals working within African & Caribbean specific organisations
  • African & Caribbean community forums and groups
  • Local health and social care providers (both NHS and voluntary sector)
  • Academic audiences: researchers and students
  • All individuals wishing to contribute to this national dialogue to improve mental health services

What will participants gain:

  • Awareness of the prevalence of mental health difficulties among African and Caribbean communities
  • Awareness of the gaps in service delivery and the obstacles to accessing services
  • Information about the diversity of and intersectionality within African and Caribbean communities
  • information about how mental health needs are experienced differently
  • Evidence of good practice on what good mental health support looks like
  • Evidence of good practice to engage young African and Caribbean men in service design and delivery
  • Opportunities to develop partnership between commissioners, voluntary and statutory providers, and the local community, to ensure local strategic plan services are accessible and inclusive of their needs.




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