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11th Annual Healing Our Broken Village: Black Mental Health Conference

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New Testament Assembly

7 Beechcroft Road

Tooting

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11th Annual Black Mental Health Conference and launch of the Ethnicity and Mental Health Improvement Project (EMHIP).

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You are invited to join us at our 11th Annual Black Mental Health Conference, and the launch of the Ethnicity and Mental Health Improvement Project (EMHIP).

Over the last decade we have worked with our local public agencies, community groups and other stakeholders to address the significant and persistent ethnic inequalities that remain embedded in mental health care in the UK. People from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds continue to have unequal access to mental health services, more coercive and negative experiences in mental health care and show worse outcomes compared to majority ethnic groups. This is not new news. The adverse care trajectory for BME communities is widely acknowledged and has, over the years, been confirmed by various landmark reports and evidence. Since our first Conference in 2008, we have worked alongside our partners to help shift the dial on these trajectories, with little or no change. In spite of the collective effort and show, inequalities have remained persistent, and in some cases have become worse. Lives continue to be harmed and lost, with devastating impact on individuals, families and communities.

Our learning and experiences have mirrored those elsewhere. Policies and programmes to address inequalities have been intermittent and ad-hoc, never systemised or joined-up, with no genuine system-wide leadership and effort to bring about necessary change.

In Wandsworth, we have learnt from these shared experiences, and over the last few years have bought together a ‘Coalition of the Willing’ across our statutory and community groups and networks, to address these system failures head-on; to introduce a 'whole system’ approach to address BME inequalities that works on bringing about necessary change both inside the health system, through systematic quality improvement programmes, and outside within the wider community, unlocking community skills and capabilities to help coproduce early interventions and prevention.

The Ethnicity and Mental Health Improvement Project ( EMHIP) is a practical attempt to systematically monitor the disparate patten of mental heath care and reduce ethnic inequalities in service access, experience and outcomes in local mental heath services. The Conference will reflect on and share this development and hear from a range of stakeholders, academic experts and public agency leaders on the ambitions and potential of this work, and our next shared steps.

Conference Agenda

Welcome - Bishop Delroy Powell, Senior Pastor New Testament Assembly Church Tooting

Introduction- Malik Gul- Director, Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network

Black Families and Communities - Black Minds Matter

The Ethnicity and Mental Health Improvement Project - Professor SP Sashidharan University of Glasgow,

David Bradley CEO South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust,

Vanessa Ford, CEO South West London and St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust

More programme details and guest to be announced

Please join us in helping to inform and shape this programme of work, and participate in our fellowship and solidarity in addressing inequalities.

Our venue has a limited capacity. Please only register to attend if you definitely intend to join us.

For more information please contact ruth@wcen.org.uk or call 0207 720 9110

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