Expert Opinion


‘Expert opinion' is a section of this website which BMH UK's has created to be used as a platform for opinion formers, professionals, practitioners and respected community and grass roots activists who would like to offer commentary, analysis, reviews and opinions on public policy, their work and or the work of othersin this sector, from grass roots to senior government. Every month a new update will be added to this section the view to providing an online ‘speakers corner' for those advocating for or actively working to ensure equity of treatment of people from all communities who use mental health services.


John Fisher & IDMC MOBO nomination welcomed

30 September 2013



Happy New Year!

31 December 2012



Merry Christmas

23 December 2011



A potted history of sections 43 and 44

10 August 2010

By David Mery                    August 2010
The European Court of Human Rights ruling against the use of Section 44 powers  led to the Home Secretary Theresa May  to remind officers that 'instead [of relying on section 44], they will have to rely on section 43 powers, which require officers to reasonably suspect the person to be a terrorist.'


Believe the hype — your vote matters

08 April 2010

By Olu Alake                                  April 2010

‘As this is going to be such a tight election, as many as 100 marginal seats across the UK can be settled by the black vote - yes, that means your vote can determine who gets to sit in 10 Downing Street for the next four years,' Olu Alake president of 100 Black Men of London says. 


Black Briton needs to speak out on the criminal DNA database Genewatch UK say

01 June 2009

Dr Helen Wallace, director of Genewatch UK                   
Have you or your child been arrested and had your DNA and fingerprints taken by the police? Are you concerned about how the Government might misuse this information, or fail to keep it safe?    If you have answered yes to these questions then the way the DNA database is used will effect you.


Millions of innocent Britons unhappy with their DNA being stored on the criminal database

13 July 2008

July 2008
The difficulties anyone faces having their DNA removed from the National Criminal Database in comparison to the ease with which half the male population of the black community have found themsleves on it could not be more stark.


‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’

20 January 2008

January 2008
In a month where civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King's birthday is celebrated for his commitment to race equality and social justice, the equity that Dr King fought for, is as sadly distant a reality in many arenas including the area of mental health provision within the UK.


Halting section 44 stop and search powers

27 July 2010
By David Mery                                                     28/07/10

Powers to stop and search anyone and everyone without any reasonable suspicion, on the off chance that a random pedestrian may be a terrorist have been suspended. These powers, section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, have been used to harass people from ethnic minority communities (black men and young Muslims in particular), photographers, peaceful protesters and more.


Michael Jackson — Music, Race, Politics the legacy

21 July 2009

Dr Lez Henry, director of Nubeyond                                July 2009
 ‘It pains me to consider that one of the most talented members of the human family, our brother Michael Jackson, had to pass from this place looking the way he did.'


Barack Obama’s Inauguration - The Black British Voice on the realisation of the American Dream

17 February 2009

By Rob Neil                         February 2009
A firsthand account by one of the millions who attended one of the greatest moments in history.


The 2007 Mental Health Act: A matter of life or death for Black Briton

17 February 2008

February 2008

By Matilda MacAttram

The most significant changes to mental health legislation in a generation occurred last year with the introduction of the 2007 Mental Health Act. While information has not been widely available to minority groups, African Caribbean's will undoubtedly be the ones to  feel the full force of this change.


Food for thought over the Christmas season

14 December 2007

There are very few who aren't familiar with the old adage you are what you eat and the same principle must apply to a large extend to what you read.  The word as a man thinketh in his heart so is he - still rings true


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