Mental health is a big deal within the BME community and under reported due to cultural, societal stigma and discrimination; among others. We have for many years offer advise, advocate for barriers to accessing services and continue to promote mental wellbeing as we work within our community to support affected individuals.
Research suggests that experiencing racism can be very stressful and have a negative effect on overall health and mental health. There is a growing body of research to suggest that those exposed to racism may be more likely to experience mental health problems such as psychosis and depression (Mental Health Foundation).
BME people are diagnosed with mental health issues every year, when compared to White people. More BME communities are also facing barriers in terms of accessing culturally appropriate services, including lack of cultural understanding, communication issues, and where and how to seek help.
We are raising awareness and working with affected families, children and young people to tackle some of this issues.