Wandsworth BME Mental Health Forum Newsletter
November 2016

Welcome to the Newsletter of the Wandsworth BME Mental Health Forum, where we publish updates in-between our bi-monthly meetings. We are a network of faith, community and voluntary sector groups and public agency representatives who meet throughout the year to share news and information on BME Mental Health in Wandsworth and beyond. We are action-orientated and seek with our partners to understand and emerge issues of concern and to build connections and collaborations to help address them. Once a year we host a Black Mental Health Conference as well as support and facilitate a number of ongoing community-led coproduction initiatives

Community health
Healing our Broken Village our 8th Black Mental Health Conference
HOBV 8 held on the 27th Ovtober has been deemed as one of our most successful conferences to date. WCEN would like to thank all those who attended and made this event special. We hope all attendees left with a better understanding of the social factors that affect black mental health and a deeper knowledge of the pressures that black men and women face in the UK. A short film  from the Conference will be available shortly..  An update on outcomes will be shared at the next BME Mental Health Forum meeting.
Community health
This years conference honoured members of our community who have made a significant contribution to our work; 
Dr Frank Keating, Elaine Arnold, Bishop Delroy Powell, Devon Marston, Dorrett Boswell, Natalie Gibson Wilson

Updates from the Forum 
New ‘Talk Wandsworth’ service awarded to leading south London mental health trust 
Following a robust commissioner-led procurement process South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) is proud to announce it has been commissioned by NHS Wandsworth CCG to provide a new service, called Talk Wandsworth, to run from April 2017 
BME Mental Health Reports and Articles

Council of Europe race report calls on UK government to address the discrimination faced by black people using mental health services

(For full report please click on the image)

What does Theresa May think? 

An interview with BMH UK director Matilda MacAttram speaking on the issues of the poor treatment of black people in mental health services and the mass incarceration of black Britons.

(Please click the image to listen to the full interview)

BME Mental Health Events

Access and CAMHS Mental Health and Wellbeing-Evening Seminars for Parents

Access and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) will be running new FREE evening seminars for parents, to share information and tips about a range of topics related to well-being and child and adolescent mental health.  

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Group of Carers of Adults who experience a Mental Illness (and 10th November)
This group meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 2pm to 4pm and is facilitated by Christine Lewis, Rethink Mental Illness, and Sarah Hymas from Wandsworth Carers Centre.

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Social Factors that Impact Health 

An Introduction to the 8th Annual Black Mental Health Conference "Healing our Broken Village" held at the New Testament Assembly Church on  27th October. 

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Rise in mental health detentions shows 'services are struggling'

Charities say services not acting early enough as data shows detentions under Mental Health Act rose nearly 10% in a year

(For full report please click the image)
Lifetimes New Training course for the Voluntary and Community Sector ‘Mental Health in the Community’

Dates throughout November

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Balham and Tooting Community Association
Celebrate Local Heroes!
BATCA Community Awards 2016

Presentation event 7-9.30pm on 24 November 2016
Jasmin’s Function Rooms, 202 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7TG

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The mental health college that's a lifeline in 'a sea of being alone' 

A scheme in south London pairs healthcare professionals with former patients to provide courses and advice to those with mental health problems

(For full report please click the image)

Black Lives Matter is an emergent force in the UK


The movement from the US is challenging today’s racism is all its forms, and can be just as relevant on this side of the Atlantic


(For full report please click the image)

Date: 30 November 2016 - 10:00 to 15:00 
Location: Tooting United Reformed Church, Rookstone Road, SW17 9NQ


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Black Plays Series: On the Margins 

The plays discussed in this session feature characters that live on the periphery of society. They are set in care homes, children’s homes, mental health hospitals and prisons, where residents are excluded and disenfranchised from their communities

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The NHS is often held up as one of the most multi-cultural employers in England, the lack of diversity in its formal leadership structures is a barrier to the service achieving its full potential.

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Black Studies: Birmingham City University 'first in Europe' to offer degree

From September 2017, the course at Birmingham City University will examine black history, politics and culture in Britain.

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Dates of future meetings:

17th November 2016  

Meetings start at 2:00pm and are held at Balham Library 16 Ramsden Rd, London SW12 8QY

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