African Caribbean experience of mental health services
Minister for Care Support Services Norman Lamb MPs endorsement of the latest edition of The Solution Magazine is a testament to BMH UK's efforts to keep the issue of the unequal treatment of people from the UK's African Caribbean communities on the Government's mental health agenda.
Packed full of exclusives, our cover feature on award winning deaths-in-custody lawyer Leslie Thomas puts the spotlight on some of the most significant cases involving mental health services users, which have made legal history, while highlighting the need for wholesale reform in the treatment of some of society's most vulnerable groups.
'This 6th edition of Black Mental Health UK 's The Solution Magazine is a must read for any one with and interest in human rights and social justice issues relating to mental health service users.
Human rights & Social Justice
'Our bumper packed 40-page April/March edition provides hard hitting news and features on the latest development in government policy and grass roots activism in this sector from a community perspective that you won't find anywhere else,' Matilda MacAttram editor in chief of BMH UK's The Solution Magazine said.
The editors comment on the tragic case of Johnathan Andel has again renewed efforts by supporters of his family and community agencies a radical overhaul in the way such cases and all serious incidents that occur within mental health setting are investigated.
This edition's 'hot off the press' news pages include coverage on: the widespread concern over the current Police and Mental Health Commission, updates on what the Taser roll out across London's capital will mean for mental health service users; and how stigma is causing doctors to hide their own mental health needs.
Our news pages also look at data showing absence of advocacy for many black patients who are detained under the Mental Health Act and shocking shortages in staffing on many inpatient wards.
This bumper backed 6th edition of BMH UK's online magazine The Solution is a must read for anyone working in this sector as well as activists and service users from the community.
Marking this year's Prostate Cancer Month, Prostate Cancer UK raise awareness of this health condition in a feature on their roll out of consultation targeted at men in the community that could save lives.
Most critical issues affecting the community
Our campaigns page gives the lowdown on some of the most critical issues affecting mental health service users and the wider community, including a mention of the Justice for Olaseni Lewis campaign, calling for justice for the tragic death of 23-year-old masters graduate who was restrained by 11 police officers in 2010, while in the care of South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
Food writer Chris Del La Rosa shares more of his classic Caribbean recipes and Charmaine Simpson from Black History Studies sheds light on '15 things you didn't know about the history of black people in London'.
Poets Angela Corrina and Lorraine Bennett give voice to some of the issues that matter most to service users and the community and pastor Paul Grey shares on how 'Making Melodies' is good for our mental health.
Our international page looks at the United Nations move to mark 2013 as the start of the Decade for People of African Descent and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust's Juney Muhammed looks at spirituality and mental health.
'Health professionals and community activists as well as people who use the services will find our incisive coverage of what matters most to Briton's black communities in this edition of The Solution Magazine essential reading,' MacAttram added.
The Solution online digital magazine is written and published by human rights campaigns group Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK ).
Click here to read BMH UK's March/April 2013 edition of The Solution magazine.
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