Racism, stigma and fear: Barriers in accessing mental health

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Join us for this live webinar as we discuss racism, stigma and fear: barriers in accessing mental health.

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Keeping Well NCL are proud to present their fourth webinar, in honour of Black History Month, for all staff across the North Central London ICS: Racism, stigma and fear: Barriers in accessing mental health.

Join us for this interactive webinar where we will discuss the existence of multicultural Britain over the centuries and how it lay hidden and barely visible before our modern age, due to injustices and racism towards communities deemed ‘foreign’ and / or ‘other.’

It will be presented by Baffour Ababio, psychoanalytic intercultural psychotherapist at Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre, which was founded in the 1980s by a small coalition of professionals of all colours.

He will detail the impact these injustices had on the mental health care of Britain’s black and ethnic minority communities, including the assumption that non-Europeans would not benefit from talking therapy. There will also be reflections on how progress is being compromised by the persistence of racism, and a discussion on how these challenges might be overcome.

Baffour will also share how Nafsiyat have challenged these assumptions and how they've worked through the barriers of fear and stigma to incorporate a wealth of cultural affirming practices into their unique model to inspire therapy provision and engagement across cultural and ‘racial’ borders.

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This webinar will take place over Zoom and all NHS and social care staff within NCL are welcome to attend. Please sign up using your work email address. A link to the meeting will be emailed to you two days before the event. Please note that this webinar will be recorded and will be uploaded to our website for other NCL NHS and social care staff to watch in the future.

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Baffour Ababio grew up in Ghana, he is a psychoanalytic intercultural psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in private practice and at Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. Baffour completed his training at University College London and the Guild of Psychotherapists and is a member of UKCP and BAPPS (British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision). Alongside his clinical role Baffour developed a career in managing mental health services integrating a community-based response to support recovery from a broad range of mental health problems. With Roland Littlewood he has co-edited a volume on intercultural psychotherapy entitled ‘Ababio, B. and Littlewood, R. (eds) (2019) Intercultural Therapy: Challenges, Insights and Developments. London: Routledge.

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