Research consistently shows that young African and Caribbean men are more likely to face negative experiences when using mental health services, which means they have poorer mental health as a result.
Running from 2013-2016, 300 Voices was a working partnership between Time to Change, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and the West Midlands Police, also in the latter stages South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. It focussed on reducing the stigma and discrimination that can exist in statutory mental health settings and the police.
The project brought together staff from mental health services, the police, young African and Caribbean men with experience of mental health problems, also a host of community representatives, to constructively explore how to improve the experience of mental health services. The focus was on empowering young African Caribbean men to share their experience of mental health support.
The project also produced a toolkit that that explains the approach of the project and provides the practical tools necessary to roll it out elsewhere. You can find a copy of the toolkit here.
We would like to thank all of those involved in 300 Voices, not least all of those whose lived experience of mental health services served as the basis of the project workshops and the toolkit. Whilst the project is now ended, the peer support element continues in the form of MASH (Mentoring and Advocacy Support Hub). You can find out more about MASH here.