Young African Caribbean men programme

Young African Caribbean men are one of the most overrepresented BME groups in inpatient mental health services in the country. There are multiple reasons for this, but among them are stigma, cultural barriers, and discrimination.

Our work with young African Caribbean is therefore aimed at prevention – we want to avoid people becoming so unwell that they need these services in the first place.

This is why we work with organisations engaging with young African Caribbean men to help build resilience, reduce risk factors, and enable the wider community to support the mental heath needs of their young people more effectively.

If you would like to know more about these activities or to find out how to get involved, please get in touch with Alessandro: a.storer@mind.org.uk

"Up My Street" projects

The “Up My Street” project is aimed at supporting young African-Caribbean men (YACM) around 15-25 to build their mental health resilience or strength, and to help them talk to each other and their families.

To achieve this, we use a ‘street therapy’-based approach, which we means we go to them and talk to them, on the street, in a youth centre – we don’t expect them to come to us.

What we want to see is young people getting the mental health support they need in a flexible and informal way, which helps them to support each other and themselves. We believe this to be more successful than relying on more traditional mental health services.

We are proud to work on this project with The Integrate Movement and the Centre for Mental Health.

I now feel more in control, even when I'm going through a rough patch

The best in me...thanks to you

Watch here a short presentation of Mind's work with young African & Caribbean Men to support their wellbeing, followed by a personal story of one of the young people who benefited from the project

300 Voices - Legacy

Research consistently shows that young African and Caribbean men are more likely to face negative experiences when using mental health services, which means they have poorer mental health as a result.

Running from 2013-2016, 300 Voices was a working partnership between Time to Change, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and the West Midlands Police, also in the latter stages South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. It focussed on reducing the stigma and discrimination that can exist in statutory mental health settings and the police.

The project brought together staff from mental health services, the police, young African and Caribbean men with experience of mental health problems, also a host of community representatives, to constructively explore how to improve the experience of mental health services. The focus was on empowering young African Caribbean men to share their experience of mental health support.

The project also produced a toolkit that that explains the approach of the project and provides the practical tools necessary to roll it out elsewhere. You can find a copy of the toolkit here.

We would like to thank all of those involved in 300 Voices, not least all of those whose lived experience of mental health services served as the basis of the project workshops and the toolkit. Whilst the project is now ended, the peer support element continues in the form of MASH (Mentoring and Advocacy Support Hub). You can find out more about MASH here.

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