Event: StereoHype presents Menologues


source: StereoHype
published: January 2018

StereoHype are proud to announce their next production called Menologues. Menologues is a fresh and exciting art based programme that will explore men’s emotional world and how they express their feelings through thought provoking drama and other artistic media.

Taking place on, Thursday 8 February 2018
Tickets: £10.00 / £7.00
The MAC Birmingham

The Menologues event will be an evening of theatre, spoken word performances from Trademark Blud and Divine Minds and discussion that explores what black men feel and say and why the two aren’t always the same. Continue reading


Tackling Mental Health: Birmingham conference made its mark

Tippa Naphtali of Catalyst 4 Change

Tippa Naphtali of Catalyst 4 Change – Image Credit Veron Graham

source: The Voice Online
published: 14 December 2017

A rallying cry for black communities to play a greater part in their own wellbeing and push for improvement was made at a mental health conference in Birmingham on 25 November 2017.

Self-reliance and self-determination were themes that echoed throughout Stepping Out for Our Community, in which the harsh realities of fifty-plus years of failed policies and overlooked recommendations were brought into sharp focus by eminent speakers with tragic personal accounts alongside professional experience of mental illness.

Joanna Bennett, a professor of mental health with a 30- year history of campaigning for change in the UK and the Caribbean, talked to delegates at The H Suite conference in the Edgbaston area of the city through reports, enquiries and legislation dating back to the 1960s, en route to a damning conclusion: Continue reading

Families of men with mental health issues who died in police custody welcome new report

Thomas Orchard

Thomas Orchard

source: ITV News
published: 30 October 2017

The families of two men with mental health issues who died in police custody has welcomed a report into how vulnerable people should be treated by emergency services. 32-year-old Thomas Orchard died in police custody in Exeter in 2012 and 25-year-old James Herbert died at Yeovil Police Station seven years ago.

The report into deaths in custody was ordered by Theresa May when she was the Home Secretary. It has stressed mentally ill people should never be held in cells.

Thomas Orchard suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and his family say being held in Exeter’s Heavitree Road Police Station made his condition worse. Before reaching the station Mr Orchard was handcuffed and bundled into a van. Moments before falling unconscious, a restraint was wrapped around his head. Continue reading