Many individuals from the BAME community feel their needs can be met from mainstream services, however, we also recognise that there are times when specialist BAME services are needed.
People who have a minority ethnic background often face additional barriers when they need to access mental health services and information. Alongside this, when they do access services, they can experience difficulties accessing appropriate care and treatment that is culturally sensitive.
Mental health and psychiatric services are usually based on a western understanding of mental illness, often using the medical model to treat the illness. This can sometimes be at odds with the cultural, spiritual or religious beliefs of people from black and minority ethnic groups.
. This section includes information about wellbeing and mental health services tailored specifically for BAME individuals.
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Lets Talk Fam - Opening up the conversation about mental health with our young black, Asian, Arab and mixed heritage men. This website has a range of resources to support our young men in understanding their mental health and talking about their mental health.
The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network is home of the largest community of Counsellors and Psychotherapists of Black, African, Asian and Caribbean Heritage in the UK.
Mind offers local peer support groups, there may be groups in your area for people from your community. Use these two search engines from MIND to find support in your area. Find your local MIND group or try MINDs peer support directory
Sharing Voices – a charity in Bradford that aims to reduce mental health and related inequalities for BAME communities.
The Chinese Mental Health Association – an organisation that is involved in providing direct services, increasing mental health awareness and representing Chinese mental health issues in public forums and raising its profile in the overall Chinese community.
African and Caribbean Mental Health Service - ACMHS is a community-based organisation providing free and confidential culturally appropriate services predominantly to African and African Caribbean communities as well as other minority groups including White Europeans with mental health needs aged 18 and over living in Manchester and surrounding areas.
Here are some mental health information resources that are available in a range of community languages - The Royal College of Psychiatrists offer translations of their mental health information resources.