Diverse Networks

Launched in October 2012, the Diverse Networks programme seeks to enable Mind’s service provider Networks to more effectively respond to the needs of marginalised groups.  The primary focus for the 2012-2016 strategy is race/ethnicity, sexuality and disability. 

We actively work with more than 40 local organisations (mainly Local Minds) and community groups in England and Wales to develop excellence and innovation in meeting the needs of diverse communities. To do that we have launched a number of pilot projects and set up a buddying scheme to support local Minds build stronger links with the local communities, better engage with people from diverse groups and develop culturally appropriate services

The final goal of the programme is to bring positive change to the mental heath sector as a whole by making sure local services providers are always able to meet the needs of marginalised communities in a culturally appropriate and effective fashion.

Please find below a list of current activities and how you could get involved

Nasa Begum Legacy Projects

Nasa Begum made an important contribution to the understanding of the experiences of disabled people, and campaigned tirelessly for the right to independent living. Her work had a significant impact on the way that the health service consults and learns from patients

Nasa Begum sadly passed away in 2011, but she has left a lasting memory in a legacy to Mind that enables us to support local Minds in developing projects to empower women, building on their own talents and strengths and becoming inspirational for the wider community.

Thanks to this support five local Minds are currently initiating projects targeting the Asian community:

  • Greenwich Mind, who will work with women in the Tamil and Nepalese communities;
  • Leeds Mind, who will deliver tailored peer support, counselling and arts provision for Asian women;
  • Suffolk Mind, who will be engaging Asian and BME women of Muslim faith in Ipswich to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health;
  • Mind in Ealing & Hounslow Ltd, who will deliver art and gardening therapy to support mental wellbeing of South Asian women;
  • Bexley Mind, who will work with the Bangladeshi community to explore the impact of intergenerational dynamics on mental well-being

Please do get in touch with our Equality Improvement Team if you would like more information or to find out how to get involved with these projects.

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Qur'an & Emotional Health Pilot

Working in partnership with Suffolk Mind, the pilot aims to spread good practice and knowledge to better engage with local Muslim groups and meet their emotional and mental health needs in a culturally appropriate way.

This is mainly done through the development and promotion of a booklet called The Qur’an & Emotional Health: An Introduction

This resource has been coproduced working with Islamic scholars, psychologists, Imams and practicing Muslims. Following precedents established in the Qur’an, the resource draws upon the rich heritage of Islamic psychology and modern knowledge of the human givens to meet needs in a culturally appropriate manner.

In addition to the national version of the booklet, bespoke local versions have been developed for several areas of the country and local Mind staff have been trained to use the booklet to support the emotional needs of local Muslim communities. Local versions are currently available at the following local Minds:

  1. Bedfordshire and Luton Mind  
  2. City and Hackney Mind
  3. Dudley Mind
  4. Mind in Bradford
  5. Newport Mind
  6. Rochdale & District Mind
  7. Solent Mind
  8. Suffolk Mind
  9. York Mind

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Meeting the mental health needs of people with Autism

We are working with Mind Aberystwyth to share good practice and expertise in developing services to incorporate people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis

The pilot aims to demonstrate that by providing ‘people friendly services and environments’ the experience of people with Autism can dramatically improve. This does not require big investments to establish, just some basic training for staff and volunteers and input from people with lived experience.

Consultations in the form of world cafe events have been organised in Aberystwyth, Leeds and Plymouth to hear directly from people with ASD how the would like services to be shaped to best support their mental health needs.

If you wuold like to have more information, to be part of this activity, or simply tell us what you think about this, please get in touch with Alessandro ([email protected])

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Developing community links in Stockport

Through this pilot we have been supporting Stockport & District Mind in developing outreach work and consultations with the local community in order to co-design culturally appropriate services

Our last event took place on Satruday 19th October at Stockport college.

Please downlad leaflet for more information

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Developing community links in Buckinghamshire

We have been working with Buckinghamshire Mind to strengthen links with local community groups. Mind staff from all three areas covered by Bucks Mind (Aylesbury, Chiltern & South Bucks, High Wycombe) have been trained and are striving to engage with local BME groups.

If you would like to get involved with this work, you can get in touch with Bucks Mind by calling the 01296 437328

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