Lankelly Chase commissions new national centre of excellence

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Lankelly Synergi Logosource: Lankelly Chase Foundation 
published: 5 July 2017 

Lankelly Chase Foundation has commissioned Queen Mary University of London, the University of Manchester and Words of Colour Productions to establish an independent centre of excellence on ethnic inequalities, severe mental illness and multiple disadvantage.

With a strategic award of £1,245,000, the Synergi Collaborative Centre will deliver a five-year national programme, focused on working towards the transformation of health services for ethnic minority people with severe mental illness.

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Be part of a new mental health network – take the survey!

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CATALYST 4 CHANGE is a new organisation being developed by a group of community development workers, health professionals and campaigners that have worked at community grass roots level across the UK for many years.

CATALYST will be creating and sustaining a supportive network of mental health and wellbeing initiatives in the African and Caribbean community within the West Midlands. These will include community organisations, social enterprises, faith groups or businesses that have a significant African and Caribbean mental health service user base.

Do you want to be part of a truly supportive network of mental health and wellbeing initiatives in the African/Caribbean community?

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PM to look at ‘institutional racism’ of black people by mental health services

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Young Peoplesource: Care Appointments
published: 1 March 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May said she is “looking at” the treatment of black people by mental health services amid claims of “institutional racism”.

Labour MP Steve Reed said young black men using mental health services were more likely to be subject to detention and “severe” physical restraint, as he called for an inquiry.

The Croydon North MP cited the example of constituent Olaseni Lewis, who died after he was restrained in a south-east London psychiatric hospital in August 2010.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mrs May agreed the issue was a problem. Continue reading