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The BME Mental Health Forum has now been running for 8 years with the aim of addressing inequalities across our Mental Health systems by re-orientating our approaches towards community-centred solutions.

Our aim is to tailor and coproduce services that are culturally sensitive and appropriate for the BME community. Our agenda for this year includes co-producing pledges made by the SWLSTG Mental Health Trust at the HOBV8 Conference:

-to work with schools
-raise cultural awareness amongst staff
-provide training on the challenges faced by Wandsworth’s diverse communities
-highlight the benefits of alternative therapies and activities, other than medication.

The Forum also helps to inform an annual Black Mental Conference ‘Healing Our Broken Village’. You can watch a short film of the last conference held in October 2016 here.

This is a formal network with a representative holding a seat on the Boroughs Mental Health Partnership Board.

Future forum meetings will be held on (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIME):

Thursday 18th January 2018

Thursday 15th March 2018

Thursday 17th May 2018

Thursday 19th July 2018

Thursday 20th September 2018

Thursday 15th November 2018

All meetings will be held at Balham Library,  16 Ramsden Rd, London SW12 8QY at THE NEW TIME OF 3:00pm till 5:00pm

The Forum is also an active member of the Wandsworth Clinical Reference Sub Group on BME Mental Health Inequalities.

A recent presentation on the work of this Group, by its Chair, Dr Tom Coffey, can be seen here: Wandsworth Mental Health Clinical Ref Group

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You can view our BME Mental Health Forum Newsletters below:

June 2016

September 2016

November 2016

January 2017

February 2017

April 2017

June 2017

If you would like to see previous newsletters then please contact Nadeene at

You can view our BME Mental Health Forum Minutes below:

21st January 2016

including the report by Frank Fields on Welfare Reform since 2010, BBC news highlights on ‘missing claimants risk destitution’, Wandsworth Access Service (ACIS), Care4me and the Wellbeing Hub

17th March 2016

including the article on Dr. Harris’ work on Adverse Childhood Experiences

19th May 2016

14th July 2016

15th September 2016

including the report on Wandsworth Workforce Race Equality Standard results, the Enhanced Care Pathway Equality Impact Assessment and information on CMHT

17th November 2016

19th January 2017

including some information on the new Talk Wandsworth service (formally IAPT) and information on the Hestia Recovery Crisis Cafe.

16th March 2017

18th May 2017

20th July 2017

28th September 2017

If you would like to see previous minutes then please contact Nadeene at

BME MH and Forum Updates