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Help shape our information on racism and mental health

Mind produces mental health information online and in print for people with experience of mental health problems. We’re now working on some information about how racism can affect our mental health, to support people with experience of racism.

As part of our research we’re looking for people from Black, Asian or other ethnic minority backgrounds, including Mixed Race backgrounds, to take part in an online focus group.

In the group you'll have an opportunity to share:

  • your experiences of racism and  the impact of these experiences on your mental health
  • your views about what we should highlight in our information about this.

We’re keen to hear a range of views, and there are no right or wrong answers when sharing your experiences for this research. If you have experience of racism and would like to take part, please see how to apply below.

Take part in our online focus group

Our online focus group will be an informal discussion with around six to eight people sharing their experiences of racism and how this has impacted their mental health.

Date: Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Time: 3.00 pm - 4.30pm

Where: Online – details to be confirmed closer the time

Number of spaces: Six to eight people

We’ll be discussing: 

  • your experiences of racism and how you feel these have affected your mental health
  • whether racism has affected your experience of mental health services, and in what ways
  • what you think Mind should highlight in its information about racism and mental health, for people experiencing racism.

Our aim is that the discussion will help us to better understand the impact of racism on mental health, and to explore what our information on this should include.

After the focus group and our other research activities, we’ll produce some new information on racism and mental health. If you’d also like to feedback on a draft of this information, to help us understand how we can improve it, you can let us know in the application form that you’d like to be contacted for future opportunities.

Will I get paid?

We really appreciate your help and will pay you  £50 to say thank you for your time and expertise.

If you think this payment might affect your benefits, you should contact your local benefit office or Citizens Advice for advice before applying.

How to apply

To apply please fill in the quick form below by Wednesday 23rd December at 9am. It should take only a few minutes.

We will aim to get back to you by Friday 15th January 2021 to let you know whether you have been selected.

If there have been a lot of applications and we haven't been able to select you this time, we would still really appreciate your input and will let you know about other ways you can get involved. These will include ways to share your experiences in writing rather than via an online group.

If you have any questions that are not answered on this page please email [email protected]. We aim to get back to everyone as soon as possible but if we receive a lot of queries sometimes this can take 3-5 working days. Thank you for your patience.

If you are keen to feed in to our information on racism and mental health but are more comfortable doing so in written form rather than via an online focus group, please email [email protected] with the title 'Racism and mental health - I am interested in providing written feedback' and we will contact you if an opportunity to do so comes up.

How will Mind select who takes part?

We really appreciate you wanting to take part and will do our best to recruit people from lots of different backgrounds so that the input we get covers as wide a range of experiences as possible.

To take part you'll need to:

  • be aged 18 or over
  • live in England or Wales
  • be from a Black, Asian or other ethnic minority background, including Mixed Race backgrounds
  • have personal experience of racism
  • feel that your personal experience of racism has had an impact on your mental health
  • feel able to be open about your experiences
  • be able to share your experiences in a way that feels safe to you
  • be willing to answer some questions
  • feel able to talk with a small group of people
  • feel able to give feedback on the experience.

When you fill out the application form, you can tell us how you meet this description. You may want to keep a copy of this page open so you can look at it when filling out the application form.

How we will process the information you provide

Any personal information that you share will be stored securely, and only Mind’s Information team will have access to the data. Your personal information will not be used for any other purpose. We take your privacy seriously and promise to never sell your data. You can find out more about your rights, how we use your personal information and how we keep your details safe and secure by reading our privacy policy.

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