You've provided a lot of thought about the future direction of mental health services and how they engage BME communities.
Have you got questions about mental health? As BME
Community Development Workers, we want to ask:
- Why do so many people from BME backgrounds struggle with
their mental health?
- Do people feel mental health is something to be ashamed
- As someone from a BME community, are the mental health
services right for me?
- Does the BME community feel that mental health a
condition, a crime or a punishment for something?
Many people with mental health issues suffer in
silence. We believe its time to talk about mental
Who we are:
The Community Development Workers service helps the Black and
Minority Ethnic (BME) community to develop mental health services.
By providing support to mental health and community organisations
we aim to help the development of services for young people and
young adults aged 0-35 years.
What we do:
We support mental health services and community organisations to
engage Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in their work
- Empowering BME communities to play a key role in the
development of services.
- Identifying barriers to accessing mental health services.
- Raising awareness of mental health issues and challenging
mental health stigma within BME communities.
- Acting as a supportive link between BME communities and mental
- Helping organisations to build capacity.
- Bridging the gap between community organisations and statutory
services, providing information and advice on how to engage with
What we believe:
As Community Development Workers we are committed
to raising awareness of mental health and reducing any stigma that
is attached. We believe that services should be accessible to all
people, particularly BME communities, and that discrimination in
mental health services should be a thing of the past. Also, we
believe that BME community organisations have a significant role to
play in the strategic development of more culturally appropriate
and responsive mental health services.
Making the first call:
Whether you belong to a new or existing BME
community organisation or you are from a statutory organisation
that would like to develop your service offering for BME
communities you can access our service for support. To find out
more about how we can help contact the BME CDWs.