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HEALING OUR BROKEN VILLAGE 

BLACK MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE AND BLACK HISTORY EXHIBITION

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HEALING OUR BROKEN VILLAGE 8:

Our 8th annual Black Mental Health conference held at the New Testament Assembly

The purpose and emphasis of the conference was to provide evidence that engages with and empowers communities to make positive differences to the health and wellbeing of communities . To identify ways in which engaging and empowering communities produces more appropriate services, improves quality and increases value and to consider what type and level of support is needed from public agencies and other key stakeholders to transform exclusion to active engagement.

We heard from David Bradley, Chief Executive of the local Mental Health Trust, on the system change processes being enabled by his organisation; Dr. Frank Keating on the social factors that impact on the health of African and African Caribbean men; Rachel Rose Burrell on her research into the role of the black church and mental health; Bishop Delroy Powell on the role of faith leaders and a performance by TIA on the experience of black women and mental health. This was supplemented by our Black History Exhibition and community heroes.

During the conference a list of top priorities were identified on the day and through the evaluation forms:

  • More support needed for staff to engage in difficult work
  • More focus on other therapies, rather than medication, including more activities
  • More information for carers and service users to be made more readily available
  • Is the right type of training in place for staff who are diagnosing in communities of diversity and culture?
  • Need to raise awareness amongst staff, and provide training, on the challenges and issues in Wandsworth’s diverse communities
  • Increase access to Talking Therapies
  • Patients should be listened to and communicated with more regularly
  • Need for Day Centres – to socialise, combat isolation and help with benefits etc.
  • How is the Trust being held accountable for promises made at previous conferences?
  • We should be working with schools

This list was then presented to the BME Mental Health Forum to determine the top 3 priorities for David Bradley and the SWLSTG Mental Health Trust and which they will account for at the next conference. They decided upon:

  1. We should be working with schools
  2. Need to raise awareness amongst staff, and provide training, on the challenges and issues in Wandsworth’s diverse communities
  3. More focus on other therapies, rather than medication, including more activities

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