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Black History Month 2021

This October we're celebrating Black History Month.

Black History Month is an annual month of recognition and celebration of Black experiences and achievements.

The month acknowledges the history of the fight for legal and social equality, but is clear that the fight isn't yet over.

As a large charity, we're know we have the privilege of a large platform. That's why, this Black History Month, we're using that platform to amplify the voices and stories of Black people, so they can tell you their experiences in their own words.

Keep an eye on our social channels throughout the month for this kind of content.

"In keeping with the spirit of Black History Month, our focus this year is centering on Black voices. This also reflects the journey Mind is on in acknowledging that Black voices have not been centred in the leadership of our organisation, and our commitment to change this."

Marcel Vige, Head of Equality Improvement

Marcel Vige, Head of Equality Improvement

Hear people's experiences

"I believe that the root cause of my anxiety and stress was racism."

Read Ruth's blog

"I kept my worries inside and felt like I had to be "the man" by dealing with it by myself."

Read Patrick's blog

"The mental health professionals would double-check everything I said with my white male partner."

Read Angela's blog

To share your story, visit our 'Submit your blog idea' page.

Racism and mental health

If racism is affecting your mental health, we're here for you. Our information can help you understand the impact of racism – and choose how and where to seek help. If you're finding it hard to get the support you need, our tips can help you find a way forward.

Read our information

Looking for support?

If you're looking for support in your area, contact our Infoline by phone, email or post. 

Side by Side is a supportive online community where you can feel at home talking about your mental health and connect with others who understand what you're going through.

Local Minds provide mental health services in their communities across England and Wales. They provide a safe place to talk to people who understand mental health and want to help. Our network of local Minds provide support to their communities, with some offering tailored services.

You can also read our information on racism and mental health.

Campaigning organisations

These organisations campaign against racism and some offer ways to get involved and have your say. You could also campaign with Mind for a fairer system.

ukblm.org

Anti-racist organisation fighting to end structural racism.

blackthrive.org

Works to address and challenge the structural barriers that prevent Black people from thriving.

rota.org.uk

Works with communities impacted by systemic racism, to create policies and practices that tackle inequality.

runnymedetrust.org

Challenges race inequality in Britain through research, network building, leading debate, and policy engagement.

theredcard.org

Anti-racism education charity, delivering educational workshops to young people and adults.

stephenlawrenceday.org

Works to create a more equal and inclusive society, and to create education and career opportunities for young people.

stophateuk.org

Offers independent reporting and support for victims and witnesses of hate crimes. Visit their website to see if your area is covered, and find links to other reporting options.

ubele.org

African diaspora-led organisation bringing together a culturally diverse and intergenerational group of community activists and change-makers.

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