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HEALING OUR BROKEN VILLAGE 

BLACK MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE AND BLACK HISTORY EXHIBITION

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We are pleased to invite you to our 9th Black Mental Health conference, ‘Healing our Broken Village’, on Thursday 26thOctober, 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. John Beckles, Transformation and Commissioning Manager for Children and Young People, South West London STP, will join us to discuss the importance of Early Action. 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.

Agenda:

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

– John Beckles, Transformation and Commissioning Manager for Children and Young People, South West London STP

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 

You can register to attend here: https://hobv9.eventbrite.com/  or by contacting Nadeene on 0207 720 9110 or nadeene@wcen.org.uk

Please do come and join us. You will be very welcome.

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

More information and videos from previous conferences can be found below:

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