REN Project Manager elected Co-chair of the Bradford & Craven Race Equality Mental Health Collaborative

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Everyone has mental health, in the same way we all have physical health.

We refer to being in good health and bad health, and there is a huge spectrum in between. This is exactly the same for mental health, and COVID-19 has only increased awareness of how important it is to look after our mental wellbeing and seek help when it is needed.

The Race Equality Network is currently focused on COVID-19 Prevention across the district through two projects, and mental health is a huge part of both. We currently work with several organisations who are dedicated to providing befriending, counselling, therapy and information for those in need. The priority for these organisations is to reach communities who are under-served by mainstream healthcare and service providers, including but not limited to people from African, African Caribbean, South Asian, Central and Eastern European, Roma and traveller and migrant, refugee and asylum seeker communities.

Two REN members of staff are currently training to become mental health first-aiders, the role of which is to ensure mental health is supported within workplaces and how to help someone who is struggling.

We are delighted to announce that we are now even more dedicated to the provision of support across the district to those from marginalised backgrounds. REN Project Manager, Humma Nizami, has recently been elected Co-Chair of the Bradford & Craven Race Equality Mental Health Collaborative. More information below, from NHS Bradford.

“The Bradford & Craven Race Equality Mental Health Collaborative is a collective of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic practitioners, therapists, policy experts, activists and academics who specialise in the areas of mental health, therapy and delivery of community based services. Through leadership, strategy and service development, the collaborative aims to support how mental wellbeing services are designed and delivered with people who experience inequalities and ensure better outcomes for people from ethnic minority communities to live happy, healthy and at home.

Humma Nizami, Project Manager  from Race Equality Network (REN) and Shamim Akhtar, Project Manager at Roshni Ghar have been elected as Co-Chairs of the collaborative.  The Collaborative is a sub-set of the Mental Health Provider Forum. This partnership with REN will enable the Forum to develop better mental health support for Black, Asian, Minority and ethnic communities and reduce inequalities across the district.

If you would like to join the Collaborative or find out more information, please contact wellbeing@bradford.nhs.uk

We are looking forward to working with our friends and colleagues at Roshni Ghar, a mental health charity in Keighley, and across the NHS to ensure the collaborative is a success.

Mental Health Support

People needing urgent mental health support (if they are experiencing something that makes them feel unsafe, distressed or worried) can call First Response on 0800 952 1181.  The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people of all ages in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

For those people who need to speak with someone about how they’re feeling when they’re not in a crisis situation, they can call Guide-Line on 08001 884 884. The line is open midday to midnight, every day. For information on all mental health and wellbeing support services in Bradford and Craven, and self-help resources and apps, you can visit www.healthyminds.services

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