Where to get support during Black History Month 2023

Every year, Black History Month is a chance to recognise, celebrate and consider the black experience.

This month aims to promote and celebrate Black contributions to British society, and to foster an understanding of Black history.

It’s also time to reflect and explore how race, racism and mental health intersect among Black people in the UK.

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Why Black History Month is important  

Black History Month is an opportunity to:  

  • Raise awareness about the history of Black communities  
  • Combat racism  
  • Promote inclusivity  
  • Inspire positive social change  

It serves as a reminder that Black history is an integral part of the UK’s history and culture. 

Awareness from Black History Month can lead to discussions and actions that drive change and social reform. It can also force us to address systemic racism and inequality in various aspects of society, including education, employment, and access to mental health support.  

  

Saluting our Sisters: Celebrating our Black mental health heroes  

In spirit of this year’s Black History Month theme, ‘Saluting Our Sisters’, we wanted to celebrate some of Black women who’ve made remarkable contributions to mental health in our boroughs and surrounding areas.  

Carol Webley-Brown  

Carol has over 40 years’ experience as a nurse and has worked in A&E, primary care and mental health nursing. She’s now a Labour member of Lewisham Council and a Royal College of Nursing councillor. Carol is the author of ‘Memoirs of an NHS Black Mental Health Nurse’. Through her story, Carol seeks to break down racism and raise the profile of Black nurses.  

Dr Jacqui Dyer MBE  

Jacqui has fought for drastic improvement in mental health services throughout her career, with a focus on tackling racial inequality in the mental health sector. She’s an independent health and social care consultant and the current President of the Mental Health Foundation. Jacqui is also the Mental Health Equalities Advisor for NHS England and Health Education England. She co-founded and chairs Lambeth’s Black Thrive, a partnership to improve Black mental health and wellbeing.  

Dorcas Gwata  

Dorcas is a mental health advocate, author, and global health specialist. She co-founded the Global Health Café, which encourages reflection through dialogue and addresses health issues relevant to Africa. Dorcas is passionate about addressing mental health disparities in Black and other racialised communities. She’s worked tirelessly to create safe spaces for discussing mental health issues, working with young people and families affected by gang culture in London.  

Thank you to our friends at Mind for the content for this article.  

Finding culturally sensitive mental health support.

If you experience racism as a Black person, it can leave you feeling unsafe, unwelcome, and like you don’t have a fair chance of succeeding. If you’re finding things tough, we want you to know you’re not alone. 

This month you’ll be hearing a lot about Black people’s experiences – both past and present, both positive and negative. Sometimes this might feel inspiring. And sometimes this might feel tough. If you’re struggling this Black History Month and beyond, read our options below to see where you can get support that’s right for you. 

Bromley 

Diversity Matters Groups 

Our Diversity Matters group provides a safe space for mothers of babies 0-12 months to talk about the complexities and issues related to their culture, upbringing and heritage with balancing the challenges of early motherhood. 

If you have any queries about the Diversity Matters group, please contact Chantelle Adonai-Lane on 07756205968  / email mindfulmums@blgmind.org.uk

Lewisham 

Diversity Matters Groups 

Our Diversity Matters group provides a safe space for mothers of babies 0-12 months to talk about the complexities and issues related to their culture, upbringing and heritage with balancing the challenges of early motherhood. 

If you have any queries about the Diversity Matters group, please contact Chantelle Adonai-Lane on 07756205968  / email mindfulmums@blgmind.org.uk or select ‘Email us’ below. 

Culturally Diverse Communities Project 

The Culturally Diverse Communities Project (CDCP) provides wellbeing and mental health support to diverse communities in Lewisham. 

Our Culturally Diverse Communities partners 

While our four local partners each provide wide-ranging support across their local communities, for this project they have focused on particular areas of their work: 

Therapy 4 Healing (T4H) 

  • Talking and complementary therapies 
  • Black women’s ADHD group 
  • Black parents of children with disabilities group 

Mabadiliko CIC

  • Women survivors of domestic violence/abuse 
  • Anger management for perpetrators of domestic violence/abuse 
  • Living with Anxiety 
  • Intimacy 
  • Black women’s group 
  • Men’s group 
  • LGBTQ+ Black gay and bisexual men’s group 

Sydenham Garden 

Courses for young people 

Holistic Well Women 

  • Food and nutrition 
  • Providing women of colour with a safe space to explore their creativity and mental health 
  • Women’s walk and talk group 
  • One-to-one coaching 

For more information, please contact Sheena Wedderman, Culturally Diverse Communities Project Manager, at Sheena.Wedderman@BLGmind.org.uk

Greenwich 

Diversity Matters Groups 

Our Diversity Matters group provides a safe space for mothers of babies 0-12 months to talk about the complexities and issues related to their culture, upbringing and heritage with balancing the challenges of early motherhood. 

If you have any queries about the Diversity Matters group, please contact Chantelle Adonai-Lane on 07756205968  / email mindfulmums@blgmind.org.uk

BME Volunteers CIC

BME Volunteers CIC specialise in working with families living with Autism, ADHD and invisible disabilities from BME communities.  

In addition, Black Majority Ethnicity provides support to adults with substance misuse, mental health, social isolation, loneliness, and inequality challenges. 

Email: bmcet@blackmajor.onmicrosoft.com 

Think Tenacity 

Culturally sensitive mental health support for Black people and a podcast series to promote the benefits of therapy and access to Black therapists facilitated by Making Time for Black Mental Health Events. 

Telephone Bella: 07486031485 

Bella@thinktenacity.com  

Everyone’s a Singer 

Singing for wellbeing workshops, tailor-made for the African and African-Caribbean communities.  
Participants will also have the opportunity to access peer-to-peer support, in a non-stigmatising environment to discuss challenges and receive information and guidance to other support. 

Contact: Hello@everyonesasinger.com 


Therapy session

Other organisations providing mental health support


Aashna 

aashna.uk 
Provides a list of therapists working to recognise the ways in which culture, faith, religion, colour, social background, sexuality, gender and neurodiversity affect people’s experiences. 

African Rainbow Family 

africanrainbowfamily.org 
Provides support for LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum and refugees of Black, African and Caribbean heritage in the UK. 

BAATN (The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network) 

baatn.org.uk 
Provides a list of therapists from Black, African and Asian backgrounds, and signposts to local mental health and advocacy services. 

BLAM (Black Learning Achievement and Mental Health) 

blamuk.org 
Offers mental health support to people from Black British communities, including racial wellness workshops. Works to embed Black British cultural heritage and African and Caribbean histories into teaching. 

Campaigning organisations 

These organisations campaign against racism and some offer ways to get involved and have your say. You could also campaign with Mind for a fairer system

Black Lives Matter UK 

ukblm.org 
Anti-racist organisation fighting to end structural racism. 

Black Thrive 

blackthrive.org 
Works to address and challenge the structural barriers that prevent Black people from thriving. 

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) 

rota.org.uk 
Works with communities impacted by systemic racism, to create policies and practice that tackle inequality. 

Runnymede Trust 

runnymedetrust.org 
Challenges race inequality in Britain through research, network building, leading debate and policy engagement. 

Show Racism the Red Card 

theredcard.org 
Anti-racism education charity delivering educational workshops to young people and adults. 

Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation 

stephenlawrenceday.org/stephen-lawrence-day-foundation 
Works to create a more equal and inclusive society, and to create education and career opportunities for young people. 

Stop Hate UK 

stophateuk.org 
Offers independent reporting and support for victims and witnesses of hate crimes. Visit their website to see if your area is covered and find links to other reporting options. 

The Motherhood Group 

themotherhoodgroup.org 
Offers support for Black mothers through delivering community-based events, training workshops, peer-to-peer support, national campaigns and culturally sensitive programmes. 

Please note: BLG Mind’s publication of local services does not endorse a provider, so please take reasonable steps to ensure that any service found is suitable.