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Mary Secole Awards winners 2014: addressing inequalities in BME communities

30 October 2014

Mary_Seacole_BHMBy Staff writer
Chief Executive of the NHS Simon Stevens was among the keynote speakers at the Mary Seacole Awards ceremony at the Royal College of Nursing headquarters, where nurses received grants to fund their innovative work with Black and Minority Ethnic communities (BME) across the UK.

 

Death in custody victim Jonathan Malia’s family continue fight for justice one year after inquest verdict

09 October 2014

Johnathan_Malia_642x720By Staff writer  Exclusive!
The family of Jonathan Malia, who have condemned the inquest ruling that the 24-year-old died of natural causes after he was repeatedly restrained by staff at the privately run Cygnet Mental Health Hospital in Stevenage in 2013, have released a new image of the father-of-one today, on the first anniversary of his inquest verdict as they renew their campaign for justice.

 

 

Cancer UK research shows early diagnosis saves lives and the NHS money

01 October 2014

Red_blood_cells_-_healthyBy Staff writer
Confirming many of the findings of a report published by Black Mental Health UK and Cancer Black Care in July this year a new report by Cancer UK shows early cancer treatment across the country would increase the survival gap for those diagnosed while saving the NHS millions in treatment costs each year.

 

London's Met police under investigation for discrimination

28 September 2014

Carol_Harwood_-_officer_won_race_and_sex_discrimination_case_against_met_police_

By Ruth Dayspring
The equalities commission has announcement that it has informed Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe about their investigation into the Met's unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation of employees in the wake of the ruling which exposed a the campaign of victimisation and discrimination faced by black female firearms officer PC Carol Harwood.

 

Victory! All London shows of racist Human Zoo cancelled

24 September 2014

Sarah_Myers_-_Exhibit_B_protest_at_Barbican__1_-_9-9-14By Ruth Dayspring
Race equality and human rights campaigners from the UK's African Caribbean community and their supporters celebrated victory last night after a month of campaigning led by activist and writer Sara Myers, which has shut down the racist installation entitled 'Exhibit B' by white South African Brett Bailey on its opening night.

 

Better access to safe places in health-based settings for people experiencing a mental health crisis vital says watchdog

29 October 2014

CQC_report_-_A_safer_place_to_be_-_findings_from_survey_of_health_based_places_of_safety_-_Oct_2014By Zephaniah Samuels
With data showing that people from the UK's African Caribbean are at least six time more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act, even thought this group do not have higher rates of mental ill health than their white counterparts, the Care Quality Commission call for urgent action to continue to improve access to and the operation of health-based places of safety for people experiencing a mental health crisis is of particular importance to black Briton.

 

Shock at CPS decision to drop perjury charges against officers in Sean Rigg case

07 October 2014

Sean_Rigg_-_restrained_by_4_officers_-_evidence_in_InquestBy Zephaniah Samuels
The family of musician and songwriter, Sean Rigg, who died after he was violently restrained by police in 2008, while in need of mental health care have said that they are bitterly disappointed by the CPS decision not to prosecute police officers for perjury in relation to the evidence that they gave at the inquest into his death.

 

 

Harris review into deaths of young people public seminar this week

28 September 2014

Harris_Review_logoBy Staff writer
The Harris Review into self-inflicted deaths in the National Offender Management Service custody of 18-24 year is holding a seminar on 2nd October from 10.30 – 4.00pm open to representatives from groups or organisations that work within local communities to young people both in and outside of the criminal justice system, at Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London SW1P.

 

Rigg family defeat plans to scupper fight for justice with high court ruling blocking police officers resignation

26 September 2014

sean_riggBy Staff writer

The Rigg family have secured victory with a high court ruling this week, stopping the most senior officer involved in the arrest of Sean Rigg, who later died after prolonged restraint by the police, from resigning ahead of an investigation into this incident.

 

BMH UK host joint community consultation event with DH on review of the Code of Practice

16 September 2014

BMH_UK__DH_CoP_papersBy Staff writer
Human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK is hosting a joint community engagement consultation event with the Department of Health this week at Family Health Isis, London's oldest surviving black led mental health service on proposed changes to the Code of Practice of the Mental Health Act, giving people from the community a chance to have their say on this review.

 

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