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Family calls for criminal prosecutions as Kingsley Burrell inquest returns a verdict of neglect

15 May 2015


The family of physically healthy, 29-year-old Kingsley Burrell who had no history of mental illness but died after he was restrained by police while detained under the Mental Health Act at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, have called on the Crown Prosecution Service to review it's decision not to prosecute the 9 mental health staff, four police officers and two ambulance staff involved in this case as an inquest jury has today returned a verdict of neglect.


Mental health inequalities in detection of breast cancer

29 April 2015

BJPsych_web_page_-_cancer_screeningBy Ruth Dayspring
Repeating many of the findings contained in Black Mental Health UK and Cancer Black Care's report entitled: Improving Cancer Screening Access for London's African Caribbean Communities Living with a diagnosis of Mental Illness launched at City Hall in 2014, the University of Leicester has recently published a joint press release with the British Journal of Psychiatry stating that women with mental illness are less likely to be screened for breast cancer.


Jury hears mother of Kingsley Burrell Brown feared manager who called police onto the ward to restrain her son was 'racist'

27 April 2015

Janet_Brown_-_Kingsley_Burrells_motherBy Staff writer
The jury at the hearing of the inquest into Kingsley Burrell-Brown, who died after being restrained by five police men, while in the care of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust have heard how his mother, Janet Brown, voiced concerns to the unit manger Claire Parrish who called officers onto the ward that her attitude towards her son was racist.


Support slashed to London's oldest black led mental health service, Family Health Isis

24 April 2015

Family_Health_Isis_logoBy Zephaniah Samuels
Significant sections of the Capital's community have voiced shock at the news that London's oldest black led mental health service, Family Health Isis, has been told that support for their often life saving work will be significantly cut at a time at a time when detention rates of people from the community are at their highest.


Shelving of secure training colleges dubbed 'children's super prisons' welcomed

08 April 2015

prison_officer_os_prisonBy Ruth Dayspring
With children from the UK's African Caribbean communities accounting for 40% of those locked up in youth jails although they come from a community that make up just 3% of the national population, the shelving of plans to build the largest children's prison in Western Europe known as 'secure training college', has been welcomed by race equality and human rights groups.


New Global Afrikan People's Parliament launched

30 April 2015

GAP_-_Global_AFrikan_Peoples_Parliament_logoBy Zephaniah Samuels
A new forum for empowerment of people in the Diaspora entitled the Global Afrikan People's Parliament (GAPP) has been launched to coincide the commencement of the United Nations Decade on People of African Descent. Championing a unique approach to realising the self-determination of black people, they are seeking to represent the voices of the Afrikan Heritage Community within the UK and beyond.


Black led housing associations welcome Royal College of Psychiatrists call for better supported housing

28 April 2015

rcp_logoBy Staff writer
Black led community based housing associations and mental health services, such as the African Caribbean Community Initiative in Wolverhampton and Nehemiah Housing in the West Midlands, have welcomed the Royal College of Psychiatrists call for more supported housing for people with mental health problems, while pointing out the need for culturally appropriate support for ethnic minority groups.


St George - George of Lydda, born in Turkey of 'Black' Palestinian parentage

24 April 2015

St_George_of_Lydda_of_black_palestinian_heritageBy Ruth Dayspring

While St George's day has been celebrated widely in the media this week, as either a mark of great patriotism or even as a chance to mark multi-culturalism in Briton there has been little or no reference to sources which show the Patron Saint of England George of Lydda, was born in Turkey in the 15th Century of 'black' Palestinian parentage.


Minister writes to Met Police over BMH UK's concerns over police presence on mental wards

21 April 2015

Norman_Lamb_MP_letter_to_Cmmdr_Christine_Jones_March_2015_FinalBy Staff writer
Prior to the close of parliament the minister Norman Lamb MP, wrote to the Metropolitan Police lead for mental health Cmmdr Christine Jones following a meeting with BMH UK's director Matilda MacAttram, about  the concerns she has been raising for the past two years over the disturbing practice of hospital staff calling police often in riot gear onto locked psychiatric wards to deal with disstressed patients,and the lack of transparency around such incidents.


Kingsley Burrell inquest begins four years after his death

08 April 2015

Kingley_Burrell_Brown__Inquest_2015By staff writer
The inquest into the death of father-of-three Kingsley Burrell Brown began this week with jurors hearing how the 29-year-old, who had no history of mental illness, was detained under the Mental Health Act after he called the police for help, and how officers reportedly 'injected him in the brain', punched him and left him on the floor incontinent while in the care of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust.


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