Matilda MacAttram

Thursday, 12 January 2006

Matilda_MacAttram_UN_headshot__2014_644x733Matilda MacAttram is the founder and director of Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK), the only community based, black led, human rights campaigns group that works at a domestic and international policy level to address the injustice in the way that the Mental Health Act is used against people from the UK's African Caribbean communities.

She is also editor of BMH UK's website and magazine entitled The Solution.

Her work has put a public spotlight on the need to end the highly coercive practices that black people of African heritage are subject to when detained within psychiatric services, and all other custodial settings.

She is a fellow of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Since 2015 she has led a national campaign to secure a ban on the routine use of Taser Firearms against detained patients on locked psychiatric wards.

She has presented written and oral evidence in domestic and international fora including: the UK Parliament House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee; the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee; the Council of Europe's European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI); the European Commission's Health and Consumer Protection Directorate: Improving mental health of the population - Towards a Strategy for Mental Health for the European Union; the United Nations (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD); the UN Committee for the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) and the UN Committee of Experts on People of African Descent sessions at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

MacAttram is the author of over a thousand published articles and has specialist expertise in the areas of human rights, people of African descent, race equality and mental health policy delivery and legislation. 

Her published work covers  issues of racial justice, international human rights, health inequalities and minorities, criminal justice and the police.

She has published work on issues of mental health, cancer care and ethnic minorities, deaths in custody, Taser, police use of force and state violence.

Matilda writes for specialist, community and national press on current affairs, politics, the arts, food and culture and is frequently asked to comment in print, radio and broadcast media on issue arising from BMH UK's work.

Her books include:

 - Towards a Blueprint for Action: building capacity in the black and minority ethnic voluntary community sector providing mental health services (2005).

 - Mental Health: Poverty, Ethnicity and Family Breakdown (2011).

 - Completing the revolution: Transforming Mental Health and Tackling Poverty (2011).

 - Improving Cancer Screening Access for London's African Caribbean communities living with a diagnosis of mental illness (2014).

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