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How can Black communities best influence mental health services?


9 Dec
Hand raised - Photo by Cade Martin - Dawn Arlotta - USCDCP
Photo: Cade Martin and Dawn Arlotta - USCDCP

About this event

We know that that Black people in the UK experience inequalities in their access to, treatment within and experiences of mental health care. The NHS nationally and mental health services locally have both stated that solutions should include greater community involvement in shaping services. In this workshop we will be discussing how this involvement can be effective in reducing inequalities. Speakers will include Natalie Creary, Director of Black Thrive and Louisa Codjoe, Deputy Director for the Patient and Carer Race Equality Framework at SLaM. Our discussion will then will focus on the strengths and challenges of community-led versus service-led approaches and how researchers can support them in understanding what works.

Speakers include Catherine Polling and Louisa Codjoe from the KCL Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and Natalie Creary from Black Thrive. This seminar will be chaired by Charlotte Woodhead from the KCL Centre for Society and Mental Health.

This event will consist of two short presentations followed by participant group discussion in breakout rooms. There will be opportunities to ask questions to the speakers and share feedback both during and after the event.

The seminar is part of the Centre for Society and Mental Health Seminar Series.

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Catherine Polling

Catherine Polling

Wellcome Research Training Fellow

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