Evidence shows that Black men are far more likely than others to be diagnosed with severe mental health problems and are also far more likely to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act. However, up until 11 years-old, Black boys don't have poorer mental health than others of their age.
There are multiple reasons for this including stigma, cultural barriers, and systemic discrimination, all of which are more directly experienced by Black boys and young Black men as they get older.
That’s why the work we do with young Black men is specifically focussed around prevention. We want to avoid people becoming so unwell they need to access services. We focus on building personal resilience, enabling people to take care of their mental health and wellbeing.
Read more below about our 300 Voices and Up My Street projects, as well as our current programme which involves working with local Minds to build on both of these. You can also find out more by getting in touch with the Equality Improvement team at [email protected].