Black Mental Health leading lights

Thursday, 29 December 2011


Top agencies and individuals who have made a difference in 2011

Data published over the past 12 months shows that black patients who come in contact with the services continue to experience of poorest outcomes. There are many who continue to work in this sector to bring about positive change, BMH UK's The Solution magazine has ranked the top 30 agencies and individuals who have made a difference in 2011.

Politics and public policy

Lord Herman Ouseley - the most senior political figure in public life from the community has repeatedly given his time and expertise to support the work of BMH UK in 2011.

He is the only peer to raise questions in the Lords on detention rates, deaths in custody as well as the Kettling of this year's UFFC march against custody in October this year.

Dr._Dele_Olajide_1___-_consultant_psyciatristDr Dele Oladije – a clinician with a heart for the community, as well as providing clinical support to patients and influencing policy at a strategic level.

Oladije has been key in the launch of The Solution Magazine, and pioneered community outreach projects that have proved a lifeline to many.

Care Services Minister Paul Burstow MP- at a time when there have been moves to sideline the issue of the disparity in experience and outcomes of African Caribbean service users Burstowe has been open to listen to these concerns.

The minister has also shown a personal commitment to this issue through the endorsement of BMH UK'S The Solution magazine.

Prof Sashi Sashidaran – panellist of the David Bennett Inquiry - tireless advocate

for equitable treatment of ethnic minority patients. Also a clinician working in Scotland and across the UK , he is a lead advocate for the new Crisis Home Resolution Teams (CHRT), which could, if implemented properly reduced the numbers of people forced to stay on secure wards.

Lord Toby Harris, chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody– one of the most senior political figures in the area of policing, Lord Harris' endorsement of The Solution magazine has placed the issue of BMH UK centre stage in this arena.

Dr Samantha Callan chair, Centre for Social Justice working group on Mental Health - The inclusion of key concerns in the area black mental health such as deaths in custody at a time when no other policy documents on mental health have touched on this issue makes her work stand out in the arena of policy reform in 2011.

Matilda MacAttram director, BMH UK -kept the issue of the African Caribbean experience of mental health services on the political agenda. BMH UK remains the only national source of news and policy updates on this issue for the community. Also the only grass roots agency working at a policy level on the issue of black deaths in custody and mental health service users and the criminalisation of mental health service users through the National Criminal DNA database.

Service users

Angella_Corinna1Dominic Walker – working in management for a health charity.

His speaking out publicly about the concerns of black service users has broken down many barriers. Dominic has proved that black people who have been in contact with the services are as able as anyone else to succeed in leadership roles.

Rachel Barclay director Two Way Street - In the face of swinging cutbacks Barclay has continued to run the only community based services user led support services for black patients covering the whole of the south west of England.

Rev Paul Grey – campaigner has proved repeatedly there is life after mental illness by practical examples, like his chairmanship of Mind's independent inquiry into acute and crisis mental health care report, published in November.

Maat Probe group – Sheffield based African Caribbean service user group

organisation – leading the way in establishing alternatives to the use of control and restraint in resolving difficult situations on wards.

Angella Conrinna – through poetry, song and the creative arts, Corinna has given voiceto the experiences of countless numbers of women who are have used mental health services.


dotun_adebayoDotun Adebeyo BBC – consistently providing a platform and opening the doors to mainstream media on this issue.

Steve Pope and Trudy Simpson– The Voice Newspaper - coverage of BMH UK's work in the UK's only black newspaper has ensured consistent the attention on this issue by of wider sections of the media and community.

Helen Bart – BBC - regularly bringing the work of BMH UK and the issues we cover across the UK through BBC's regional programming.

Simon Wolley – OBV (Operation Black Vote) – constant support of BMH UK's work and coverage through OBV's website.

Omowale Kwaw and Olatunji Heru -Voice of Africa Radio – constant support in bringing the latest issue on BMH UK to the heart of the community.

Stephen Ogongo - The Afro News website and newspaper. Dedicated coverage has taken BMH UK's message across the Diaspora in Europe and beyond.

Lenny T – BBC 3 counties – constant coverage of our BMH UK's work during 2011 has brought our work to audiences outside of London BMH UK may not otherwise reach.


kajumba_3Arch Deacon Daniel Kajumba through his chairman of CMEAC, the archdeacon has engaged with politicians on the issue of black mental health and placed this issue on the agenda of senior leaders in the Church of England.

Pastor Desmond Hall - leading the way in providing practical care and support for black services users within his parish that would otherwise fall through the care gaps.

Bishop Llewellyn Grayham – speaking out against injustices that face black mental health service users at every opportunity. Llewelly Grayham has opened his church to this stakeholder group by celebrating significant dates in the mental health calendar which provide the perfect role model for all other churches to follow.


Alicia_Spence_-_services_director_ACCI_2011Alicia Spence - services director of ACCI (African Caribbean Community Iniative), now one of the oldest surviving community base services in the country, under Spence's leadership ACCI provide a level of excellence in care, which is steeped in compassion that is hard to find anywhere else.

Frederick Clarke - Mighty Men of Valour while pioneering work in the area of fatherhood and the role of men within the family and wider community, the support and inclusion of BMH UK's work in MMV's projects over the past 12 months has done much to mainstreamed this issue

Olu Alake - 100 Black Men of London –supporting BMH UK on every campaign in 2011, through editorial, speaking at publicnevents and raising issue of concern to BMHUK through 100 BML forums.

Levi Roots fabulicous recipes -the generous monthly contributions by Mr Roots has made through the sharing his dishes and words of wisdom on nutrition through BMH UK's The Solution magazine has brought an appeal to audience this magazine might not otherwise have reached.

Sandra Griffith Mellow – a pioneering East London-based NHS programme committed to improving the experience of African and Caribbean people with mental health problems, and promoting their well-being within the community.

Adda Kaur - Cafe Nia - supporting black people who have used mental health services who are living in the community and their families through innovative ways of looking and dealing at the issue of mental health and well being.

David Pinder – community mental health worker and tireless campaigner for improved treatment and care of black patients in need of mental health care.

Eric Adjaidoo – clinical nurse specialist - addressing the impact of the medication on general health and wellbeing on ethnic minority patients by championing innovation and good practice in this area.

Click here to read the rest of  the Dec/Jan edition of BMH UK's The Solution Magazine.

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