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Parliamentary report launch on rare blood cancer impacting African Caribbean communities

26 June 2015

Liten_Up_Multiple_Myeloma_in_Black_Communities_-_An_unequal_risk_burdenBy Ruth Dayspring
Despite black people from the UK's African and Caribbean communities having the highest risk of developing a rare form of blood cancer known as Myeloma, there is little accessible information for this community on this condition. Lord Tony Morris hosted a parliamentary reception to launch new report by the Basil Skyers Myeloma Foundation entitled 'Listen-Up! Multiple Myeloma in Black Communities: An Unequal Risk Burden,' in support of work to raise awareness about this disease.

 

Outstanding human rights concerns over coercion faced by black patients omitted in First 100 Days Plan of mainstream mental health agencies

25 June 2015

Improving_Englands_Mental_Health_The_First_100_Days_and_Beyond_report_cover_May_2015By Zephaniah Samuels
A plan for what the Government should do in the first 100 days of the new parliament to improve the lives of people with mental health problems entitled 'Improving England's Mental Health: The First 100 Days and Beyond' has prioritised five areas for action that does not touch on the over representation of people from the UK's African Caribbean communities detained in the most secure part of the mental health system or the need to address human rights concerns raised by the levels of coercion they face through the use of prone restraint, seclusion and over medication.

 

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

15 May 2015

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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.

 

BMH UK director to chair Capita half day briefing on safer detention of people with a mental health condition

26 June 2015

Capita_conf_Providing_safer_detention_for_people_with_a_mental_health_condition._jpgBy Staff writer
A half day briefing organised by Capita Conferences on improving the safety of people with a mental health condition detained in custody, aimed at health and police professionals will focus on the progress of street triage and the recent review of police powers under the Mental Health Act. Chaired by BMH UK's director Matilda MacAttram this half day briefing, to be held in central London today, aims to share transferable lessons in multi-agency partnership working in supporting vulnerable detainees.

 

Race equality concerns over unemployed being 'coerced' into undertaking psychological interventions

23 June 2015

Job_Centre_PlusBy Ruth Dayspring
With unemployment rates among the UK's African Caribbean communities at a disturbing 18.3% compared to the national average 5.6%, a new report suggesting that people claiming benefits are being coerced into undertaking psychological interventions has raised concerns among human rights and race equality experts. This following news that IAPT therapist will be in over 350 job centres by the end of the summer.

 

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.

 

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