Right now, our mental health system is stacked against Black and Brown people. People from racialised communities are more likely to experience a mental health problem but less likely to receive the help they need.
Being there for everyone experiencing a mental health problem is fundamental to who we are. But the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on racialised communities and the tragic killing of George Floyd and the anti-racism protests that followed, made us recognise where we’d been falling short.
Yes. We’ve built services, campaigned for and supported people from racialised communities.
But individual projects and good intentions will only take us so far.
The deep-rooted inequalities in society and in the mental health system are also found within Mind. There are so many people we don’t reach. Who don’t see Mind as relevant to their lives. Who we haven’t listened to hard enough or worked with closely enough.
To change this, we recognise that Mind needs to change – in terms of who we are as an organisation, how we support the mental health of people from racialised communities and how we acknowledge and challenge racism more widely.
The ‘big, bad black man syndrome’… you’re more likely to be heavily medicated or physically restrained. You expect it.
Our ambition is to become a truly anti-racist organisation. We will be an unflinching advocate for racial justice and mental health. Our support will be engaging and effective for people from racialised communities. We will invest in building an inclusive organisational culture with diverse leaders.
Our Race Equality in Mind Initiative will also look to deliver greater racial equity in our culture, our values, our structure, our decisions, the support we provide, our partnerships, our campaigns and the way all staff approach our roles. Mind trustee Richard Addy who chairs of our Race Equality Advisory Board will be leading this initiative.
We are partnering with organisations who have the experience and expertise to transform the mental health of racialised communities.
The term 'hard to reach' is quite stigmatising and diminishing. If we’re hard to reach, it suggests we're the problem.
Initiatives that we are running at the moment to specifically address the mental health of racialised communities include:
In our charity strategy we're committing to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation. Find out what this means for us.
Our 3-year programme works with 11 to 30 year-olds by offering a range of tailored local services working specifically with young Black men.
The current Mental Health Act is outdated and discriminatory. We're working to change that.