#wawm Mental Health and the BAME Community

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Date(s) - 18/05/2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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ISCRE (Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality) and the Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG would like to invite you to a webinar for a discussion on mental health within the BAME community.

Rates of mental illness for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are sometimes greater than for white people. Compared to white people:

  • black women are more likely to experience a common mental illness such as anxiety disorder or depression
  • older South Asian women are an at-risk group for suicide
  • black men are more likely to experience psychosis
  • black people are more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act

The barriers they face when accessing mental health care are:

  • cultural barriers where mental health issues aren’t recognised or aren’t seen as important, • language barriers
  • professionals having a lack of knowledge about things that are important to a person of colour or their experiences
  • white professionals not being able to fully understand what racism or discrimination is like,
  • lack of publicity of mental health support and services in some communities
  • stereotyping. For example, some white people think that black people with mental health issues will get angry or aggressive, conscious and unconscious bias
  • stigma about mental illness in some communities stops some people of colour seeking help. They can feel ashamed.

We have brought together voices who work and support our community. They offer personal and professional experiences along with practical ways to support those affected by mental illness. Our speakers are:

  • Dan Wilson-Brown: RunTalkRun Ipswich
  • Dr Vivek Agrawal: Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Jon Neal: Suffolk MIND

The session will be culturally sensitive, unbiased and anonymous. ISCRE will be on hand to facilitate the session.