We are pleased to invite you to our 9th Black Mental Health conference, ‘Healing our Broken Village’, on Thursday 26th October, 3.00pm (start)- 8.00pm, at the New Testament Assembly, 7 Beechcroft Road, Tooting, SW17 7BU.
We will be joined by David Bradley, Chief Executive, South West London and St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust, who will give an update on the progress that is being made to reduce BME mental health inequalities, following last years event. It is increasingly clear that Mental Health services, by themselves, are not going to address the prevalence of poor mental health and well-being in our communities. It is the social environment in which we all live and work that has the greatest impact on us. Dr Frank Keating, Royal Holloway, University of London, will join us to present a key note address and discussion on what are the social factors that determine good and bad mental health, and what needs to change to build and sustain mentally well communities.
At last years event, conference discussed the importance of working with children and young people so that early signs of distress can be addressed quicker and sooner. Recent reports have shown the increase in rates of depression amongst young people, with many also living in traumatic conditions with violence and the fear of violence a constant presence. What needs to happen to ensure that young people in our communities are kept safe and well?
We have expanded our Black History Exhibition, which will be on show again, with additional sections on the Anti-Colonial Movement and a focus on the cultural shifts experienced by Black communities in the UK. We will also build on our tradition of acknowledging and honouring members of our community who continue to make a contribution to our work, and to the betterment of our communities.
2.00pm – Black History Exhibition and Registration
3.00pm – Welcome
– Bishop Delroy Powell, New Testament Assembly
3.10pm – Introduction
– Malik Gul, Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network
3.20pm – Update from the Mental Health Trust
– David Bradley, Chief Executive, South West London and St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust
3.40pm – Social Factors that determine Mental Health and Recovery
– Dr. Frank Keating, Royal Holloway University of London
4.00pm – Discussion
4.30pm – Break and refreshments
5.00pm – Young People and Mental Health
5.20pm – Discussion
6.00pm – Young BME People and Mental Health Panel
6:45pm – Next Steps and Closing Remarks
7.00pm – Shared Meal
8.00pm – Conference Close
Please do come and join us. You will be very welcome.